Four children killed by explosive ordnance in Iraq

“Four children have died – three boys and one girl – and two children have been maimed over the last week, as a result of incidents related to explosive ordnances in two locations in Iraq.

“Tragically, as reported in a UNICEF statement last August, this is not an isolated loss of children’s lives. In 2021, 52 children were killed and 73 were maimed by explosive remnants of war (ERW) and unexploded ordnance. Stronger concerted efforts are needed to reduce the increasing impact of these explosives, especially on boys, as the number of children casualties grew 67 per cent compared to 2020 (79 children for that year, including 61 boys.) according to UNICEF.