UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion for 48 million children caught up in conflict

www.odogwublog.com reports that forty eight million,  (48M) children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched yesterday.

A press release made available to www.odogwublog.com  explained that from Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins,
their hopes and futures hanging in the balance. In total, almost one in four of the world’s children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster.

The document authored by Doune Porter, Chief of Communication, UNICEF
in Nigeria stated that, “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,” said
UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine.

She noted that 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.

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.

“Malnutrition is a silent threat to millions of children,” said
Fontaine. “The damage it does can be irreversible, robbing children of
their mental and physical potential. In its worst form, severe
malnutrition can be deadly.”

“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”, she stated.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion for 48 million children caught up in conflict UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion for 48 million children caught up in conflict Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Rating: 5

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