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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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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 400 children killed and seriously injured since beginning of 2019 

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UNICEF Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s announcement of new humanitarian funding of $46.7 million in response to the humanitarian needs of people in Yemen. This was announced earlier today at the Yemen Pledging Conference by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development. 

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With ongoing and unending conflict in Yemen, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate across the country. UNICEF is working around-the clock to save children suffering from disease – often caused by a lack of access to clean water.

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