UNICEF: COVID-19 to impoverish millions of children in Middle East

UNICEF: COVID-19 to impoverish millions of children in Middle East

Millions of children in the Middle East will become poorer as their caregivers lose jobs from lockdowns aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus across the region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

UNICEF said that children were nearly half of an estimated 8 million people who will be hurt by the loss of about 1.7 million jobs this year.

“It is evident that the pandemic is affecting children firsthand. Many families in the region are already becoming poorer due to the loss of jobs especially the daily-paid,” Ted Chaiban, UNICEF’s regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement issued on Monday from Amman. “Families are struggling to bring food to their table due to containment measures,” he added.

About 110 million children are now at home and not in schools in the region, UNICEF said.

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