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UNICEF: One in four children risk losing their future in war-torn areas

UNICEF: One in four children risk losing their future in war-torn areas

Protection of children

The U.N. agency (UNICEF), has said on Tuesday, January 12, that nearly one out of every four children in war-torn areas risk losing their future

Growing up children, especially from South Sudan, Niger, Afghanistan, which are the the most affected in terms of these conflicts, tend to lose out on education, a necessity for the children’s future prospects.

“When children are not in school, they are at an increased danger of abuse, exploitation and recruitment into armed groups,” said UNICEF’s head of education, Jo Bourne.

If children grow up without an education, their future prospects are bleak -UNICEF

The statement from UNICEF comes at a time when different parts of the world are faced with the major challenge of terrorist activities and the most affected victims are women and children.

The country with the largest number of children out of school is South Sudan with 51 percent, followed by Niger with 47 percent, 41 percent in Sudan and 40 percent in Afghanistan.

According to research, about 24 million of school-going children in 22 countries affected by the conflicts, are out of school.

UNICEF and other organisations have called for a multi-million dollar humanitarian education fund to be set up in emergency cases.