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Children Bear Brunt Of Violence In Iraq; Millions Need Assistance, UNICEF Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Year of sustained violence across Iraq has hit children hardest, U.N. says
“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [Tuesday] said that over the past year in Iraq, it has seen a 75 percent increase in grave violations against children that include killing and maiming, abduction, recruitment as soldiers, sexual violence, attacks against schools, and denial of humanitarian access…” (6/30).

VOA News: Millions of Iraqi Children in Dire Straits
“…U.N. humanitarian agencies estimate more than eight million Iraqis are in need of life-saving assistance, a number that could reach 10 million by the end of the year. Acting U.N. Children’s Fund Representative in Iraq, Colin MacIness, calls the speed and scope of this crisis breathtaking…” (Schlein, 6/30).

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