The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the Coronavirus pandemic is the worst global crisis for children in its 75-year history.
In a report released on Thursday, Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, said the widespread impact of COVID-19 continues to worsen poverty, entrench inequality and threaten the rights of children.
Fore said: “While the number of children who are hungry, out of school, abused, living in poverty or forced into marriage is going up, the number of children with access to health care, vaccines, sufficient food and essential services is going down,”
“In a year in which we should be looking forward, we are going backward.
“We are at a crossroads, as we work with governments, donors and other organisations to begin charting our collective path for the next 75 years.
“We must keep children first in line for investment and last in line for cuts. The promise of our future is set in the priorities we make in our present.”