The UN has said that conflicts in the Middle East are depriving more than 13 million children of an education. The UN children’s fund, Unicef, says in a new report that the hopes of a generation across the Middle East and North Africa are being shattered. BBC reports:
It says that in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, almost 9,000 schools are not able to be used for education. Unicef also documented scores of attacks on schools and teachers across the region. Peter Salama, regional director for Unicef in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The destructive impact of conflict is being felt by children right across the region.
“It’s not just the physical damage being done to schools, but the despair felt by a generation of schoolchildren who see their hopes and futures shattered.”
The 13.7 million who are out of education represents about 40% of the school-age children in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan and the UN fears that figure could top 50% in the coming months. Unicef says that, in 2014, there were 214 attacks on schools in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Palestinian territories, Sudan and Yemen.