For those who think it’s way cool for everyone that American casualties are down in Iraq, and who think it means everything’s now going swimmingly for Iraqis, here’s a sobering reminder from Unicef of the long-term consequences of this war:
Conflict has undermined the potential of an entire generation of Iraqi children, UNICEF said today. The organisation urged new momentum to reach vulnerable children inside the country with assistance.
‘A child turning 18 in Iraq this year looks back on nearly two decades of sanctions, conflict and insecurity’, said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. ‘To preserve the young generation growing up today, we need to shield children from violence, enhance humanitarian access and provide more resources targeted to children’s specific needs.’