Nearly 1 among 5 children across Middle East, North Africa needs aid
12.09.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Nearly one among five children across the Middle East and North Africa is in need of immediate humanitarian aid, and over 90% of them live within conflict areas, UN Radio says referring to UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director Geert Cappelaere report.
As to him, the conflict was continuing to «rob millions of girls and boys of their childhood».
«Decades of progress are at risk» he added, and could easily be reversed if current trends continue.
As to Cappelaere, children had been hit hardest across North Africa and the Middle East by years of fighting, and lack of basic services.
Civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, water, sanitation facilities, and energy plants, had often come under attack.
Millions have been forced to flee their homes, some of them multiple times and under fire.
«The number of children affiliated with the fighting has more than doubled» added Cappelaere, who said many families had no choice but to send their children to work or marry their daughters early.