Iraq – UN report: High poverty rate among Iraqi children worrying

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Location: Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Language: Arabic + Kurdish

Duration: 00:02:45

Voice: Natural

Source: A24

Restriction: A24 clients

Dateline: 07/4/2022

Storyline:

According to a report issued by World Vision International organization of the UN, the difficult economic conditions in Iraq have led to a 40 percent increase in the poverty rate among children. The UN report warned of an increase in cases of violence against children and the deprivation of about 7.4 million children of their right to education. For his part, the head of the Children of Kurdistan Organization said that the actual poverty rate among Iraqi children is higher than what was stated in the report, accounting for 60 percent. Fifteen percent of them work in the Kurdistan region, representing 10,750 children, noting that about 10 percent of the region’s children are exposed to violence. In its report, the UN indicated that the continuation of these conditions would have worrying repercussions, especially concerning the protection and well-being of children and the provision of health care services at the state level.

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Soundbite (Gutiar Ali – Head of the Children of Kurdistan Organization):

“Poverty rate among Iraqi children represents 60 percent, which is higher than what was stated in the World Vision International report. Fifteen percent of them work in the Kurdistan region, representing 10,750 children. Around 10 percent of the region’s children are exposed to violence.”

Soundbite (Hassan Hamid – a displaced child):

“We are displaced for 8 years. We left school in search of a job, and so are many of the other kids here. Many of us provide for our families, especially those whose parents are old and unable to work. The government does not provide us with any kind of assistance. Now in Ramadan, we can’t find jobs.”

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