Over 500 million children live in conflict or disaster-stricken countries

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On 05 September Sarah, 4, stands in front of a tent in Tinah Camp. Sarah and her family fled violence in Qayarrah. UNICEF/Anmar

More than half a billion children live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, without access to medical care, quality education, proper food and protection.

New figures, released by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), also show that 50 million of those children have been uprooted and driven from their homes.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

On Sunday, UNICEF marks 70 years of "relentless" work in the world's toughest places to bring life-saving aid to the most vulnerable children.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly three-quarters or 393 million of the global number of children living in countries affected by emergencies.

The Middle East and North Africa follow suit, where 12 per cent of these children reside.

Conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination threaten their lives.

The impact of natural disasters and climate change is also forcing children to flee their homes and putting them at risk of disease and exploitation.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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