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Statement by Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Iraq, on the recent killing and injuring of children

BAGHDAD, 4 May 2013 – “UNICEF has received substantial and credible information that up to eight children have been killed and up to 12 others seriously injured during violence in Hawija, near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on 23 April 2013.

“Among those reported to have been injured – all boys between the ages of 14 and 17 – several were said to have received severe gunshot wounds.
“UNICEF is extremely concerned about these reports and has requested the Government of Iraq to urgently investigate these cases.

“Children must be protected against all forms of violence and the Government needs to do more to actively promote and establish effective child protection policies, laws and systems.

“Children and their families in Iraq continue to bear the brunt of the violence and instability currently escalating across the country.”


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For more information, please contact:

Jaya Murthy, UNICEF Iraq, Tel. +96 47801964524, jmurthy@unicef.org

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, Amman, Tel. +962 6550 2425, nmekki@unicef.org




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