Call to protect children, as escalating conflict threatens to destroy childhoods in Iraq

BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 30 June 2016. 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report.

AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - has been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011.

BAGHDAD, 8 February 2016: UNICEF and the Government of Iraq today signed the 2016-2019 Country Programme Action Plan, a four year framework by which both parties will work to ensure a bright future for Iraqi children.

Baghdad, Iraq, 16 December 2015 – UNICEF Iraq received a contribution from the LEGO Foundation that will help give 50,000 children in Iraq a chance to play and learn. The organizations welcomed the contribution of 4,800 boxes containing LEGO play materials. The donation is part of the three-year global partnership between UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation signed in early 2015. Through the partnership, the two organizations promote quality early learning through play for children around the world. While play helps children address stress, it also performs a critical role in the development of the intellectual, emotional, social and creative skills needed to build the foundation for human development and lifelong learning.

Iraq - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday (21/09) facilitated the relocation of 65 women and children from Dohuk to Erbil to Baden-Württemberg, Germany. These beneficiaries are taking part in the German-funded Humanitarian Admissions Programme, which with support from IOM, seeks to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of vulnerable survivors of the Iraq conflict to Germany.

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A five day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children under five years of age in Iraq will commence Sunday 12 April and will be marked by launch events on 12 April in Baghdad, organized by the Ministry of Health Iraq, and on 13 April in Erbil organized by the Kurdistan Regional Ministry of Health. WHO and UNICEF shall join both events with Rotary International delegates attending the launch in Erbil. The immunization campaign comes a month to the one year mark since the last case of polio was reported in Iraq, and is being conducted with emphasis on vaccinating every single child under five years of age throughout country.

Baghdad, Iraq, April 5, 2015 – The UNICEF Iraq WASH programme, with support from the European Union, organized a performance for children to demonstrate the basics of water conservation practices in front of the Iraqi parliament. The play, entitled “The Tale of Dangers in the Country of Rivers”, tackled the issue of water conservation and advocated for enacting laws on water usage.

Erbil, 18 November, 2014 – UNICEF, with the assistance and funding of the E.U., has developed a ‘Child Rights Toolkit’ that seeks to integrate a child rights approach within all aspects of development and humanitarian response. The toolkit, which is comprised of eight modules and associated tools, offers a holistic approach to child rights and demonstrates how policy, investment cooperation and participation can help all children enjoy their full rights. 

Dohuk, northern Iraq, 19 August 2014 – On the 11th Anniversary of the Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq, commemorated by World Humanitarian day, it is unfortunate that detailed testimonies gathered from civilians who fled the recent offensive by armed groups in the Sinjar district of north-western Iraq have revealed appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children, according to UNICEF. 

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