The future of children in Lebanon is ‘in danger’

Unicef ​​today called on the Lebanese authorities to take emergency measures to protect children in the country, which is mired in economic and political crisis.

Lebanese, almost 80% of whom live below the poverty line, struggle daily to survive on limited incomes, constant power outages, shortages of various products – including fuel – and high inflation.

“Immediate action is needed to ensure that no child suffers from hunger, illness or forced to work,” said Yukie Mokouo, UNICEF’s representative in Lebanon.

From April to October, Unicef ​​monitored the situation of more than 800 families and observed that their living conditions deteriorated dramatically during this period.

“The future of an entire generation of children is at stake,” Unicef ​​said in a recent report. According to her, in October 53% of families had at least one child who was deprived of a meal, compared to 37% in April.

“The percentage of families (…) who sent their children to work went from 9% to 12%,” the UN agency added. About 34% of children in need of basic care services failed to receive them in October, compared with 28% in April.

“Life is very difficult and it gets harder every day,” said Hanan, a 29-year-old mother quoted by Unicef ​​in her report. “Today my four children left for school without having eaten anything (…) I was thinking of committing suicide and the only thing that stopped me from doing it are my children. I am in pain for them “, he adds.

Amal, a 15-year-old fruit picker in southern Lebanon, explains that she had to work to help support her family. “My parents need this money. “What would they do if I stopped working?” He wonders.

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