Statement attributable to Ms Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF Representative in Iraq
Baghdad, Iraq, 29 September 2020 – UNICEF is saddened and shocked at the killing of four children, all under the age of 10, and three of whom were siblings whilst another child was injured, when a rocket fell on their house in Baghdad yesterday.
UNICEF condemns all acts of violence against children and joins the families in mourning this unnecessary loss of lives. Being a target of, witnessing or fearing violence should never be part of any child’s experience..
“Our sincere condolences go to these families and the community. Nothing ever justifies attacks on children and women. UNICEF calls on all parties to fulfil their obligation, under the international law, to protect children without delay. All children in Iraq deserve to live their lives without the constant threat of violence,
UNICEF appeals to the all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth, and calls for the upholding of children’s right to protection and to live in an environment free from violence at all times.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit https://www.unicef.org/iraq/
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