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3.6 million children now at risk from increasing violence

Call to protect children, as escalating conflict threatens to destroy childhoods in Iraq

Baghdad/Amman, 30 June 2016 – 3.6 million children in Iraq - one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report. 

A Heavy Price for Children reveals that the number of children in danger of these violations has increased by 1.3 million in 18 months.

The findings show that 4.7 million children need humanitarian aid – a third of all Iraqi children – while many families now face deteriorating conditions following military operations in Fallujah and around Mosul.

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Published monthly, our Humanitarian Situation Reports detail UNICEF's response to the ongoing emergency in Iraq and in the regional response to the crisis in Syria. 

Stories from UNICEF in Iraq


Dohuk, 1 June 2016 - On a balmy summer evening at the Dohuk Youth Centre, hundreds of people have gathered for a special occasion; an athletic tournament that brings together children from all 22 displacement camps around the city, plus five host community schools...

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