Children and UNICEF’s Work in the Middle East and North Africa

Published January 6th, 2022 - 08:08 GMT

Children continued to be at the centre of events in the Middle East and North Africa. At the peak of lockdowns and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 110 million children were not able to go to school.

Every country put in place at least one online education platform but many children missed out due to digital poverty. Nearly 40 per cent of children didn’t have access to the internet or electronic devices, UNICEF said.

Too many children lost their lives including increasingly those at sea in search of a better life and future. At least 1,500 people -among them many children- perished in the Central Mediterranean in 2021 alone. Sadly, children continued to be killed in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Sudan and the State of Palestine. UNICEF marked a whole decade on the crisis in Syria and one year on the Beirut blast amid an absence of accountability or justice to the bereaved families.

As the school year approached, almost all schools across the region reopened and more teachers were getting the vaccine. Schools reopening is absolutely critical for children to overcome the education losses that COVID and conflict continue to inflict on them.

On 20 November, UNICEF celebrated World Children’s Day. Against all odds, children joined one of its ambassadors, the renowned singer Yara to launch a children’s song “We want to live.”

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UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

Conjoined twins born in Yemen medically evacuated to Jordan to undergo an operation. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

Sudan is the first country in the region to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Over 800,000 doses reached Khartoum in March 2021. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

More than 10 years of conflict, displacement and loss of livelihoods have had an immense toll on children and their families in Syria. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

A girl and a boy trace toys from their destroyed home during the escalation of violence in The State of Palestine where more than 65 children were killed. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

Displaced Iraqi children in the Hassan Sham Camp wearing masks in a classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

Children’s art exhibition reflecting on the Beirut port blast, one year on. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

A girl in Jordan wearing a mask as schools reopened during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

A family receives UNICEF’s assistance in Syria. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa

A girl shows her marked finger after receiving the Polio vaccine, Aleppo, Syria. (UNICEF)

UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
Conjoined twins born in Yemen medically evacuated to Jordan to undergo an operation. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
Sudan is the first country in the region to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Over 800,000 doses reached Khartoum in March 2021. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
More than 10 years of conflict, displacement and loss of livelihoods have had an immense toll on children and their families in Syria. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
A girl and a boy trace toys from their destroyed home during the escalation of violence in The State of Palestine where more than 65 children were killed. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
Displaced Iraqi children in the Hassan Sham Camp wearing masks in a classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
Children’s art exhibition reflecting on the Beirut port blast, one year on. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
A girl in Jordan wearing a mask as schools reopened during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
A family receives UNICEF’s assistance in Syria. (UNICEF)
UNICEF's work in the Middle East and North Africa
A girl shows her marked finger after receiving the Polio vaccine, Aleppo, Syria. (UNICEF)

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