United Nations, February 1: In order to seek help for the millions of children facing conflicts, malnutrition and crisis The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF has appealed for $3.3 billion from United States. UNICEF has pleaded to provide emergency assistance in 48 countries around the world.
The UNICEF’s appeal states that more than 40% would provide funds for the children who are either displaced within Syria or escape the country. At least 48 million children will benefit from this petition placed by UNICEF. UNICEF also asked for about $1 billion for Syrian refugees in general and other affected populations in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. UNICEF appealed for nearly $2 billion in aid for children in the Middle East region, including $161 million for Iraq, $236 million for Yemen and $24 million for Palestine.
UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said that "There are consequences, not just for the children. There are consequences for global and regional security by not investing in the needs of these children for education.”
The press note stated that “From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging in the balance. In total, almost one in four of the world’s children live in a country affected by conflict or disaster.” UNICEF’s 2017 Humanitarian Action for Children report projected an estimated 7.5 million children will be severely malnourished in 2017 across the majority of appeal countries.
This appeal aims at providing children with access to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection in some of the world’s worst conflicts and humanitarian emergencies. UNICEF is struggling to ensure children caught up in conflict still have access to schools to avoid creating a lost generation of youths vulnerable to violent extremism.
UNICEF emergencies director Manuel Fontaine said: “Malnutrition is a silent threat to millions of children. The damage it does can be irreversible, robbing children of their mental and physical potential. In its worst form, severe malnutrition can be deadly. We certainly hope that the United States will keep with its tradition of helping us.