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UNICEF: 2.4 million Libyans need protection and aid

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The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced in a statement, Tuesday, that 2.4 million Libyans are in urgent need for aid and protection, 40% of them are children,.

The UNICEF spokesperson, Christopher Boulierac, said in Geneva that the conflict and violence in Libya continues, and that the UNICEF is increasing its efforts to better protect the children. He added that “the armed conflict and the absence of political stability since 2011, exposed children to different forms of violence and Exploitation”.

He pointed that about 270 thousand Libyan children, in Benghazi alone, are in desperate need for social and psychological support, as they are exposed to continued violence in the armed conflict.

The UNICEF said in its statement that it is sponsoring a training program to support Libyan authorities in developing justice system that responds to the needs of children in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by Libya.