Statement-UNICEF condemns the death of children in Baghdad and calls on all parties to protect children from violence

Statement attributable to Ms Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF Representative in Iraq

29 September 2020

Baghdad, Iraq, 29 September 2020 –UNICEF is saddened and shocked at the killing of four children, all under the age of 10, and three of whom were siblings whilst another child was injured, when a rocket fell on their house in Baghdad yesterday.

UNICEF condemns all acts of violence against children and joins the families in mourning this unnecessary loss of lives. Being a target of, witnessing or fearing violence should never be part of any child’s experience..

“Our sincere condolences go to these families and the community. Nothing ever justifies attacks on children and women. UNICEF calls on all parties to fulfil their obligation, under the international law, to protect children without delay. All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence,

UNICEF appeals to the all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth, and calls for the upholding of children’s right to protection and to live in an environment free from violence at all times.

ENDS

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