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UN: One in four Iraqi children live in poverty after war with ISIS

1.3 million Iraqi children displaced by war against ISIS - UNICEF
One in four Iraqi children are in poverty and 4 million in need of assistance as a result of the country’s war with ISIS, the United Nation’s children agency (Unicef) has warned, the Independent reported on Monday.
There were 150 attacks on education facilities and 50 attacks on health centres and personnel since 2014, it said in a statement. Half of Iraq’s schools need repairs and more than 3 million children have had their education interrupted, it said.
Iraq is seeking $100bn in foreign investment in transport, energy and agriculture as part of a plan to rebuild parts of the country and revive the economy after declaring victory over ISIS in December.
The country has now regained all of the territory captured by the militants in 2014 and 2015.
“Children are Iraq’s future,” Geert Cappelaere, Unicef’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said.
Across Iraq, Unicef has supported local authorities to rehabilitate 576 schools and has provided school supplies to 1.7 million children. The organisation recently appealed for $186m to allow it to respond to the needs of Iraqi children throughout 2018.
In a recent statement, Mr Cappelaere said that during last year alone “270 children were killed”, while more than one million children had been “forced to leave their homes”.
Last Modified: Monday، 12 February 2018 11:48 PM