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Fran Equiza (UNICEF) on the Situation in Afghanistan…

Fran Equiza (UNICEF) on the Situation in Afghanistan - Press Conference
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Fran Equiza, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative. He will brief on the situation in Afghanistan.

2.3 million children are expected to face acute malnutrition in 2023. 875,000 of them need treatment for severe acute malnutrition – a life-threatening condition

Also, this year, around 840,000 pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are likely to experience acute malnutrition, jeopardising their ability to give their babies the best start in life

And although the fighting has, for the most part, stopped, decades of conflict mean that every day, children’s rights are violated in the most appalling ways. Afghanistan is one of the most weapons-contaminated countries in the world. Most of the casualties are children. Preliminary data suggests that between January and March this year, 134 children were either killed or maimed by explosive devices. This is the reality of the escalating danger faced by Afghan children as they explore areas that were previously inaccessible due to fighting.

Approximately 1.6 million children are trapped in child labour in Afghanistan. Children as young as six work in dangerous conditions to help their parents put a little food on the table. 

And where education used to be a symbol of hope, children’s right to learn is under attack. Girls across Afghanistan have been denied their right to learn for over three years now – first, due to COVID-19 and then, since September 2021, because of the ban on attending secondary school