Children attend class at a UNICEF-supported primary school in Muna Garage Internally Displace Person camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. With the assistance of UNICEF and partners, more than 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces in north-east Nigeria and almost 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials.
Children attend class at a UNICEF-supported primary school in Muna Garage Internally Displace Person camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. With the assistance of UNICEF and partners, more than 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces in north-east Nigeria and almost 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials. UNICEF / MARK NAFTALIN / HANDOUT

War or disaster hits one kid in four

NEARLY one in four of the world's children - an estimated 535 million - live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF says.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly three quarters of them - 393 million - followed by the Middle East and North Africa, where 12% live.

The figures have been released to mark 70 years of UNICEF bringing life-saving aid and hope to children whose lives and futures are threatened by conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

As a result of conflict, natural disasters and climate change, children are force to flee their homes or are trapped behind conflict lines, putting them at risk of disease, violence and exploitation.

Nearly 50 million children have been uprooted - more than half of them driven from their homes by conflicts.

As the civil war escalates across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than a year. Nearly half a million children live in 16 besieged areas across the country, most of them cut off from humanitarian aid and basic services.

In north-eastern Nigeria, nearly 1.8 million people are displaced, most of them children. In Afghanistan, nearly half of primary school age children are out of school. In Yemen, nearly 10 million children are affected by the conflict.

More than two months after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, more than 90,000 children under five need assistance.



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