Children and women injured after Iraqi rocket attack – a global issue

In a statement, Sheema SenGupta stressed that “children must always be protected from attack” and that schools and homes must always be safe places.

The representative wished a speedy recovery for the wounded, saying “there is no justification for attacking civilians” and calling on all parties to fulfill their obligations to protect children under international law.

All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence“, she says.

Ms SenGupta also believes schools should be protected because “they are a refuge for children to learn and reach their potential.”

She reminded that according to Safe School ManifestoThe attacks, sanctioned by Iraq in 2015, have harmed students and staff and deprived large numbers of children of their right to education, thus “depriving communities of the foundation on which to build their future.”

humanitarian pictures

according to UNICEF, the humanitarian situation in the country is largely a hangover from the violent civil war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) between 2014 and 2017, when the militant group’s forces were defeated in the rubble of Mosul .

in its latest renewIn December, the agency said 2.5 million people, including 1.1 million children, continued to need humanitarian assistance.

Some 960,000 people, including 422,400 children, are in urgent humanitarian need.

As of last July, there were 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 4.9 million returnees residing in the country.

Of these, an estimated 680,000 IDPs and returning children face barriers to access to education – including a lack of civil documentation, or access to the Internet and distance learning devices.

Aid this year

In its 2022 plan, the agency is asking for $52.2 million in grants, a 21 percent decrease from the previous year, to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.

meets the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview, the total number of people and children in need has decreased compared to 2021.

Some 660,000 children require protection services and 920,000 women and children have needs related to gender-based violence. More than 1.6 million people need support from water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.

In addition, Iraq is expected to face severe water shortages this year, affecting an estimated 15 percent of children in need, or about 119,000.

Displaced children in a classroom in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Displaced children in a classroom in Baghdad, Iraq.