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Nearly 25% of Children Live in Conflict or Disaster Stricken Countries

Author: U.S. Fund for UNICEF(i) : Contact: unicefusa.org

Published: 2016-12-11 : (Rev. 2020-09-05)

Synopsis and Key Points:

UNICEF states an estimated 535 million children live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection.

Despite significant progress, too many children are being left behind because of their gender, race, religion, ethnic group or disability; because they live in poverty or in hard-to-reach communities; or simply because they are children.

UNICEF was established to bring help and hope to children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict and deprivation.

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An estimated 535 million children - nearly one in four - live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly three-quarters - 393 million - of the global number of children living in countries affected by emergencies, followed by the Middle East and North Africa where 12 per cent of these children reside.

The new figures are released as UNICEF, on Sunday 11 December 2016, marks 70 years of relentless work in the world's toughest places to bring life-saving aid, long-term support, and hope to children whose lives and futures are threatened by conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

"UNICEF was established to bring help and hope to children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict and deprivation, and this enormous figure - representing the individual lives of half a billion children - is a sharp reminder that our mission is becoming more urgent every day," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

The impact of conflict, natural disasters and climate change is forcing children to flee their homes, trapping them behind conflict lines, and putting them at risk of disease, violence and exploitation.

The emergencies faced today by the most vulnerable children threaten to undermine immense progress made in recent decades:

"We are living through extraordinarily difficult times, in which more children have been uprooted from their homes than at any point since World War II," said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, "but we cannot give up. Now, more than ever, we must choose to stand for hope. Wherever they are, whoever they are and whenever they need us, we must put children first."

Despite significant progress, too many children are being left behind because of their gender, race, religion, ethnic group or disability; because they live in poverty or in hard-to-reach communities; or simply because they are children.

"Whether children live in a country in conflict or a country in peace, their development is critical not only to their individual futures but also to the future of their societies," said Lake.

During this holiday season, stand with UNICEF to give hope to children first.

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Since its founding, UNICEF has never stopped responding to humanitarian emergencies affecting children - particularly those already burdened by poverty and disadvantage.

In 2015, UNICEF and partners:

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How to help: For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF's work on behalf of the most vulnerable children, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF: Website: www.unicefusa.org Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Please note that the figures refer to the number of children living in countries affected by conflict, crisis and disaster. The figures have been calculated by using population data for countries where UNICEF has a humanitarian appeal.

(i)Source/Reference: U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.

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