"Absolutely devastating" situation for children in Iraq

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Students sit in front of new textbooks in one of 12 tented classrooms at Al Takiya Al Kasnazaniya camp for internally displaced persons in Karkh District, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

The situation for children in Iraq has been described as "absolutely devastating" by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

The agency says that ongoing conflict in the country is keeping two million young people out of school.

UNICEF has built 40 new schools, set up temporary ones, and distributed educational materials to more than 200,000 children, but says it needs US$68 million by the end of the year to carry on with its work.

Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to the agency's Pernille Ironside who is based in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Duration: 2'58"

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