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UNICEF: More than 7 million children in Iraq suffer from clean water shortages in schools

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In the 20 years since the invasion by US troops, the republic has not recovered, which has a detrimental effect on the life and education of minors.

More than 7.25 million Iraqi children face shortages of clean water in schools, as much of the republic’s infrastructure was never rebuilt after the 2003 US military invasion.

This was reported by The National with reference to the United Nations representative. Alix Reboul-Salze. Half of the schools do not have a water source and cannot provide proper hygiene conditions. About a quarter of children do not receive the necessary vaccinations, increasing the likelihood of illness due to unsanitary conditions.

High population growth leads to school shortages: According to the Iraqi Ministry of Education, there are currently around 10,000 shortages of educational institutions. Against this background, teachers work in several shifts to bypass the entire flow of students.

The cause of the “school crisis” is a lack of adequate investment in education in the first place. Currently, this problem is partially solved with the participation of China: according to the press, Beijing plans to build several thousand buildings for schools in the republic by the end of the year.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), girls are most affected by education problems. In Iraq, the number of female students is slightly higher than schoolchildren, but their participation is significantly lower: educational institutions do not provide the necessary separation between boys and girls in terms of hygiene, forcing girls to stay at home.

The economic crisis aggravates the situation. About 38% of children live in poor families, half of them do not even have access to basic necessities. In this context, approximately 1 million of the 21 million minors living in Iraq are in need of humanitarian aid and the other 2 million cannot go to school because they have to work to support their families.

UNICEF: More than 7 million children in Iraq suffer from clean water shortages in schools

However, there have been some positive changes in Iraq with the advent of the new government. Republican Prime Minister Team Mohammed as-Sudanihas pledged to increase funding in the section on children and education, after providing some lull in the protests. According to a UNICEF representative, Baghdad will have to work particularly hard to restore its education infrastructure.

In the 20 years since the US invasion, Iraq has never recovered from the effects of war. Massive bombing of American planes and artillery during the overturn Saddam Husseinand then the war against terrorists led to the destruction of many critical facilities. A significant portion of the population has been denied access to basic necessities and shelter. Also, restructuring was hampered by widespread corruption, largely a result of the collapse of the Iraqi state as a result of Washington’s actions. As a result, even in “peaceful” periods it was not possible to equalize the consequences of the conflict.

Source: Riafan

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