Iraqi children face poverty, violence, exploitation

Ongoing conflict in Iraq has left a total of 11 million people, including 5.1 million children, in need of humanitarian assistance. Children make up almost half of the 3 million Iraqis displaced by the conflict. Many of Iraq’s camps are operating beyond capacity, and families live in overcrowded conditions. Children are in danger of separation from their families, abduction, recruitment into the fighting, and sexual violence. Living amidst armed conflict – including exposure to mines and improvised explosive devices – puts them at risk of death and injury, and threatens their long-term mental health and future development.
Meanwhile, damaged and overstretched water and sanitation infrastructure and weakened health systems put children’s health and survival in jeopardy. At least 70 per cent of displaced children have missed a whole year of school. UNICEF has been working with partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families – providing access to safe water and sanitation, education, protection, health and nutrition services. UNICEF also operates Child-Friendly Spaces, where children can find respite through play, learning and psychosocial support, to help them cope with the ordeals they’ve been through.

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Millions of Iraqi children repeatedly and relentlessly targeted

The report says almost 10% of Iraq’s children – more than 1.5 million – have been forced to flee their homes since the intensification of fighting. “The conflict is exposing children in Iraq to daily horrors. Unless addressed immediately, young minds, haunted by fear and hatred, could slip into a spiral of despair, darkness and a sense of helplessness. Learning, playing and aspiring to a more prosperous future will be a thing of the past.”
  

Save the Children : Up to 600,000 children trapped in Mosul

Up to 600,000 children are among the civilians who are trapped in  Mosul, according to Save the Children.  It is a critical moment to protect children and ensure safe escape routes for the roughly 1.5 million civilians, including 600,000 children, who are still trapped in the city, according to a statement from Save the Children. We can’t sit back and wait for a situation similar to the one in Aleppo can unfold, while there is still time to get your kids out of the war zone, says the chief of Save the Children’s work in Iraq, Maurizio Crivellaro. Iraqi Special Forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday morning, but has met fierce resistance from IS.

Iraq : Children Stare at an Uncertain Future

Suffering has reached unprecedented levels in Iraq as more than 10 million people need humanitarian assistance. — today, one out of ten children in Iraq is displaced in their own country. There are about 1.5 million children, who are living in poor conditions and staring at an uncertain future.