According to UNICEF), many countries have not headed to the advice and as a result, 250 million children continue to be affected.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has asked countries to release children in detention resulting
from armed conflict.
According to UNICEF), many countries have not headed to the advice
and as a result, 250 million children continue to be affected.
In the latest
statement, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in areas where violent
conflict continues including Libya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Syria, Ukraine,
Afghanistan and Yemen among others, parties will not be able to fight COVID -19
if they still fight each other.
She noted that in these areas, authorities need to release any
children held in detention concerning the conflict or national security as the
organization is ready to intervene regarding finding them safe conditions.
“Children living through these waking nightmares, a ceasefire
could mean the difference between life and death”, she said.
On a positive note, however, heeding to the UN’s advice, some 11
countries have already committed to a cessation of hostilities during the
pandemic but Fore says more need to do the same and come on board to make a
difference for especially children on the ground.
Fore called upon authorities in areas where conflict continues to
in the meantime to open their territories for access by humanitarian personnel
to reach children and their families for essential services like food, water
and healthcare protection.
However, among the countries that have already announced a cease-fire
include Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the Philippines.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the unprecedented
global Cease Fire appeal on March 23 to facilitate access to the most
vulnerable populations for interventions to guard against further spread of
COVID-19. This was the first global request in the organization’s 75-year