UNICEF / ATTACKS AGAINST CHILDREN

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Close to five million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger will need humanitarian assistance over the course of 2020, UNICEF said today, up from 4.3 million. UNICEF

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STORY: UNICEF / ATTACKS AGAINST CHILDREN
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DATELINE: 3-4 DECEMBER 2019, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

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1. Various shots, Kaya area
2. Aerial shot, area outside home
3. Med shot, a girl doing schoolwork inside home
4. Med shot, a girl reading by flashlight
5. Aerial shot, brother and sister leaving for school
6. SOUNDBITE (Local Language) Nabyla (not her real name), 13 years old:
“Seven months ago, we had to flee from our village because armed groups arrived. They killed and took away some of the villagers. We got scared, so we fled and took refuge here, in Kaya.”
7. Aerial shot, brother and sister walking to school, pan to schoolyard
8. Wide shot, teacher and students inside classroom
9. Med shot, students inside classroom
10. Med shot, teacher walking through classroom
11. SOUNDBITE (Local Language) Nabyla (not her real name), 13 years old:
“At school, I received support. We were given textbooks and pens, because I didn’t have any. Thanks to that, I can study for my future.”
12. Med shot, children in classroom
13. Wide shot, teacher in classroom with students
14. SOUNDBITE (Local Language) Nabyla (not her real name), 13 years old:
“I like school because it will help us have a job when we grow up. I have friends with whom I have fun. It makes me forget the fear I had with the armed groups.”
15. Med shot, UNICEF worker arrives with school supplies
16. Med shot, school employee brings in UNICEF school supplies
17. Med shot, teacher unpacking supplies
18. Wide shot, teacher distributing school supplies
19. Close up, students in classroom with supplies

STORYLINE:

Close to five million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger will need humanitarian assistance over the course of 2020, UNICEF said today, up from 4.3 million. This projection is linked to a surge in violence that has included attacks against children and civilians, abductions and recruitment of children into armed groups.

Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa said, “when we look at the situation in the Central Sahel, we cannot help but be struck by the scale of violence children are facing. They are being killed, mutilated and sexually abused, and hundreds of thousands of them have had traumatic experiences.”

Attacks against children have spiked over the past year, as an example, Mali which recorded 571 grave violations against children during the first three quarters of 2019, compared to 544 in 2018 and 386 in 2017.

Since the start of 2019, more than 670,000 children across the region have been forced to flee their homes because of armed conflict and insecurity.

“Children affected by the violence in the Central Sahel urgently need protection and support,” Poirier added. “UNICEF calls on governments, armed forces, non-state armed groups and other parties to conflict to stop attacks on children (in their homes, schools or health centres). UNICEF is asking for safe access to all affected children, in line with humanitarian principles. We urge all parties to protect and facilitate access to social services. This is a cornerstone for social cohesion and contributes to preventing conflict.”

The spike in violence also has devastating implications on children’s learning. At the end of 2019, more than 3,300 schools in the three countries were closed or non-operational due to violence - a six-fold increase since April 2017 – affecting 650,000 children and 16,000 teachers.

Insecurity and displacement are creating significant barriers for children and families trying to access essential services, food and nutritional supplies – risk factors that can lead to the deterioration of children’s health and nutritional status. UNICEF estimates that across the central Sahel, over 709,000 children under 5 years will suffer from severe acute malnutrition and require lifesaving treatment this year.

Meanwhile, families’ access to safe water is also dwindling. In Burkina Faso alone, access to safe water fell by 10 per cent from 2018 to 2019 across areas where internally displaced people represent more than one-fifth of the population. Some areas have experienced as much as a 40 per cent decrease.

UNICEF is on the ground in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, working with partners to provide children with urgently needed support and services in protection, education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation. The UN children’s organization has appealed for US$ 208 million to support its humanitarian response in the central Sahel for 2020.
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