Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on brutal school attack in Uganda

17 June 2023

KAMPALA/NEW YORK, 17 JUNE 2023 “I am outraged by the attack last night on a secondary school in Mpondwe, Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has, according to media reports, left over 40 people dead, mostly students, with others injured or abducted.

“This was a heinous and unconscionable act of violence. An attack on a school and school children in this manner is an assault on the very progress young people have led in Uganda for years.

“UNICEF calls for the immediate release and safe return of all those who have been kidnapped, and extends its sincere condolences to the loved ones of the victims and to the nation, as it grapples with this senseless violence.”

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