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UNICEF reports on conflict and insecurity in the Sahel

Ten million children at risk

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24 March 2023
“Ten million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are in dire need of humanitarian assistance — twice as many as in 2020 — largely due to spiralling conflict”, the un Children’s Fund (unicef) warned in a press release last week. In addition, “nearly 4 million children are at risk in neighbouring countries [due to] hostilities between armed groups and national security forces”. “Children are increasingly caught up in the armed conflict, as victims of intensifying military clashes, or targeted by non-state armed groups”, said Marie-Pierre Poirier, unicef Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “The year 2022”, she added, was particularly violent for children in the central Sahel. All parties to the conflict need to urgently stop attacks both on children, and their schools, health centres, and homes”. In Burkina Faso, the ...

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