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Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

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Number of countries enduring violent conflicts is at a 30-year high with devastating impact on world’s most vulnerable children

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As global leaders convene today in Mallorca, Spain, at the third International Conference on Safe Schools, UNICEF calls for an end to the fighting and protection of education

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The thousands of children of foreign fighters languishing in camps, detention centers or orphanages in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are among the world’s most vulnerable children. They live in appalling conditions amid constant threats to their health, safety and well-being.

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Since the start of eastern Ukraine’s five-year conflict, more than 750 educational facilities on both sides have been damaged or destroyed due to hostilities

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Save the Children, UNICEF and partners have successfully reunited 6,000 children with their families after years of separation due to conflict. This is a milestone for the Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) programme in South Sudan since the first reunification of 420 children in 2014.

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At least 12 children have been killed in northwestern Syria since April 20 as violence in the demilitarized zone continues to escalate.

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More than 3,500 children, most of whom were aged 13 to 17, were recruited by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017 and have been used in the ongoing armed conflict in north-east Nigeria – UNICEF said today ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Chibok abduction. 

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More than 400 children killed and seriously injured since beginning of 2019 

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