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February has been one of the most dangerous months for children in Iraq in recent times - 6 children (all boys) have lost their lives, and 10 children (9 boys, 1 girl) have been maimed by explosive remnants of war (ERW).
ERWs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remain one of the leading causes of killing and maiming of children in Iraq, with boys particularly affected.
UNICEF is alarmed by the high number of children affected by ERW and urges all stakeholders to accelerate efforts to clear existing mines and unexploded ordnance, expand risk education, and promote victim assistance. Combined, this upholds children’s right to a safe and protective environment.
UNICEF continues to work with partners including the Directorate of Mine Action within the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency to raise awareness and increase safety for children, their families and communities in highly contaminated areas.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.