Four children (three boys and one girl) died and two more wounded in blasts caused by the explosive ordinances, UNICEF said on Wednesday, expressing deep concerns over explosive remnants of war (ERW) that claimed the lives of dozens of children last year.
UNICEF in a statement said that events occurred in Babel province and Baghdad, the capital city while the children were doing daily chores, such as collecting wood.
Sheema Sen Gupta, UNICEF Representative in Iraq, said that ERW continues to be a primary reason for the civilian casualties, with children being especially vulnerable.
“In 2021, 125 children were killed or maimed by (ERW) and unexploded ordnance, from which 52 children were killed and 73 were maimed,” Gupta added.
Gupta called for stronger efforts to reduce the increasing impact of these explosives, especially in boys, as the number of child casualties “grew 67 percent compared to 2020 (79 children for that year, including 61 boys.”
Gupta furthered that UNICEF continues to work on providing victim assistance, providing referral services to medical treatment and psychosocial support when needed.
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