Special Representative Virginia Gamba acknowledged that “once again children paying the highest price and the COVID-19 pandemic has put an additional burden on them, their families and communities all over the world”.
“Now more than ever we must all act to protect children and support all international efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly in situations of armed conflict”, she asserted.
“I be part of the UN Secretary-General in his enchantment for an instantaneous international ceasefire in all corners of the world — UN envoy
Ms. Gamba pointed to a number of incidents, together with in Libya, the place “the few functional health facilities engaged in the COVID-19 response in Tripoli and Benghazi were repeatedly hit and damaged by shelling”.
And final week in Cameroon, she recalled that “several children were reportedly killed, and several others wounded when a school was attacked in the South-West Region”.
Meanwhile in Somalia, assaults towards faculties and hospitals by Al-Shabaab proceed at “an alarming rate, often in conjunction with other grave violations, such as the abduction and recruitment of children”, added the Special Representative.
“In Afghanistan, indiscriminate attacks on schools, universities and other educational facilities are taking place despite the beginning of historic peace talks”, she continued.
Just as we speak, gunmen disguised as cops stormed Kabul University, taking hostages, and killing and wounding individuals.
Keep faculties protected
Parties to battle, whether or not Governmental forces or non-State armed teams, should preserve faculties and hospitals protected and not use them for navy functions, urged the UN envoy.
“I be part of the UN Secretary-General in his enchantment for an instantaneous international ceasefire in all corners of the world and, as soon as once more, name upon all events to battle to abide by their obligations below worldwide legislation and stop assaults towards training and well being amenities, as wellas different civilian infrastructure and protected personnel”, she concluded.