(只有英文)摩蘇爾兒童陷入暴力和衝突 遭受虐待、剝削及被遺棄 急需援助和保護

 

(只有英文)摩蘇爾兒童陷入暴力和衝突 遭受虐待、剝削及被遺棄 急需援助和保護

A woman carries her child through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee the Old City for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday 6 July 2017. Partially visible at left is the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri.

The end of the violence in Mosul in July 2017 is likely to be a turning point for Iraq, but it will not bring the guns to silence as the battle will soon turn to Tal Afar, West Anbar and Hawija. Three years of traumatic experiences and months of intense fighting have left children and families in Mosul struggling with the physical and psychological wounds of war, with childhoods turned into nightmares of brutality, displacement and loss. Many are being treated in trauma centres in west Mosul with bullet and shrapnel wounds are children and many children who fled the intense fighting between government and non-government actors are severely distressed and need psychosocial care. Warring parties actively recruited children into the fighting, depriving them of a normal childhood and the chance of a better future.Some children are being held in detention centres. UNICEF is providing these children with legal representation, education, psychosocial assistance, vocational training, and helping to improve the conditions of the facilities where children are held. Providing schools, water, sanitation and health services will be crucial for all Iraqi children and their families to return home. Otherwise, the risk is not only of a lost generation, but also severely restricted opportunities to build a solid foundation for coexistence, tolerance and peace in the future.

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A woman carries her child through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee the Old City for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday 6 July 2017. Partially visible at left is the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri.

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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

AMMAN/HONG KONG, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.

“Children in shock continue to be found, some reportedly among the debris or hidden in tunnels in Mosul. Some children have lost their families while fleeing to safety. According to reports, families have been forced to abandon their children or give them away, they are now living in fear, alone. Many children have been forced to fight and some to carry out acts of extreme violence.

“These are horrific times for far too many children in Iraq and other conflict-affected countries in the region. Violence and conflicts are putting the lives and futures of nearly 27 million children* at risk.

“In the north-eastern city of Ar-Raqqa in Syria, violence has further intensified over the past weeks, with children repeatedly coming under attack. Between 30,000 to 50,000 civilians continue to be trapped in the city as heavy violence continues around them. Families have described horrific conditions and journeys fraught with danger, sniper fire, landmines and unexploded remnants of war.

“These horrors are not over even if children escape from immediate danger. They are being detained, abused and stigmatized for perceived affiliations, while tensions are high between and within communities.

“Those children who are alone need our support to help them find their families, be reunited and surrounded with care, protection and services, regardless of their family’s origin or affiliation. As with any other child in the world, they have the right to be safeguarded, including through legal documentation. Children are children!

“The time to act is now. How can we build a more stable and prosperous future for all while children are exposed to such horrors and treated this way?"