19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019 is highest number ever - UNICEF

19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019 is highest number ever - UNICEF

- UNICEF has warned internally displaced children are among the world’s most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic

- The warning came as the organization released a report looking at the risks and challenges facing internally displaced children

- In north-east Nigeria, there are currently 1.9 million people displaced from their homes

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UNICEF on Tuesday, May 5 warned that internally displaced children – including in Nigeria - are among the world’s most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The warning came as the organization released a report looking at the risks and challenges facing internally displaced children, and the urgent actions needed to protect them.

In north-east Nigeria, there are currently 1.9 million people displaced from their homes. Sixty per cent of them are children, with 1 in 4 under the age of five.

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Globally, an estimated 19 million children - more than ever before, according to UNICEF - were living in displacement within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019 – some of them for years.

“Hundreds of thousands of children in north-east Nigeria are living in the shadow of conflict – and now in the increasingly challenging shadow of a global pandemic and it’s potential socio-economic aftermath,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.  

He added that: “When a new crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic emerges, displaced children are especially vulnerable and the gaps in our ability to keep them safe are even more stark.

“We must urgently work together – all of us, government and humanitarian partners - to keep them safe, healthy, learning and protected.”

In another development, Nigerian farmers and stakeholders in the agro-sector, have warned that the country is in danger of food shortage as the COVID-19 pandemic hits hard on farmers and the agricultural sector.

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This was contained in a statement made available on Monday, May 4 and jointly issued by Voices of Food Security, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, the Association of Small-Scale Agro-Producers in Nigeria, Ogbonge Women Farmers’ Association, Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria.

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