Over 24 million children at risk, says UNICEF

By Lynn Desjardins | english@rcinet.ca

Yemenis wait for food rations as the two-year conflict has pushed the county to the brink of famine. Photo Credit: Hani Mohammed/AP Photo

The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, says that violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children. Most at risk are children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.

Damage to hospitals and clinics are depriving children of health care. Damage to water and sanitation facilities are causing the spread of waterborne diseases. Food is short and preventative health care like vaccination programs are compromised.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.