“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.
Thousands of children and their families are forced to live in badly damaged houses in abandoned areas with unexploded bombs, dead bodies and rubble, after the sudden closure of several camps for displaced people in Iraq, Save the Children has witnessed….November 30, 2020