UNICEF concerned over safety and health of Libyan children

Over 1.7 million children in Libya are likely to face difficult times ahead as the political crisis in the country continues to escalate, according to the United Nations Children's fund UNICEF.

Libyan children

Libyan children

The agency says it was particularly concerned over the safety, health and nutritional standards of nearly one million children in Western Libya were humanitarian access has been limited.

Speaking in Geneva, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson says although the current humanitarian crisis along Libyan borders is mostly affecting adult male migrant workers, the situation can change quickly for children and women in the country.

“So we do have potentially a large number of children potentially affected if this continues and the situation worsens on the ground. We are preparing for our own team to come in. we have 14 people of an immediate response team available, who are on standby to fly in to start operations in Libya. We are pre-positioning on both sides of the border to bring in supplies as well.”

Meanwhile UNICEF is appealing for 1.4 billion US dollars to meet the humanitarian needs of children and families in 32 countries during 2011.

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