UNICEF and UNESCO condemn bomb attack near school in Kirkuk
106 school children and four teachers
injured in attack
Baghdad, 13 March 2013 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemn the
attack that took place on March 11 near Wlad secondary school in the town of
Dibis in Kirkuk governorate, 290 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq.
“We condemn Monday’s attack in the strongest terms” said Mrs. Louise Haxthausen,
UNESCO’s Representative in Iraq. “Attacks that affect schools are unacceptable;
all schools are, and must remain, zones of peace.”
The blast waves and shrapnel caused by the bomb injured 106 students – 70 boys
and 36 girls – all of whom were in class at the time of the explosion. Of the
injured children: six are in critical condition with two remaining in a coma;
10 have fractures and significant bleeding; and 90 have minor lacerations and
bruises. Four teachers were also severely injured in the blast.
“The injuring of innocent children who are studying for a better future is
appalling” stated Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq. “Attacks
that affect Iraqi children’s education show disregard for fundamental
principles of humanity. No cause justifies them and they have gone on for far
too long. They must stop.”
UNICEF and UNESCO wish a healthy recovery to all children and teachers affected
by the attack and call on the Government of Iraq to take the necessary measures
to ensure that education is provided in safe and secure environments to all
children across Iraq.