Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
It said UNICEF is seeking for $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises.
UNICEF Chief Communication officer, Mrs Doune Porter in a statement sent to The Nation yesterday noted that from Syria to Yemen, Iraq, and South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack.
Doune said their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging in the balance, adding that In total, almost one in four of the world’s children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster.
She noted that an estimated 7.5 million children will face severe acute malnutrition across the majority of appeal countries, including almost half a million each in northeast Nigeria and Yemen.
“UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine said in country after country, war, natural disaster and climate change are driving ever more children from their homes, exposing them to violence, disease and exploitation.”
“UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children sets out the agency’s 2017 appeal totaling $3.3 billion, and its goals in providing children with access to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection in 48 countries across the globe.
“The largest single component of the appeal is for children and families caught up in the Syria conflict, soon to enter its seventh year. UNICEF is seeking a total of $1.4 billion to support Syrian children inside Syria and those living as refugees in neighbouring countries.”