UNICEF – From Syria to Sudan, from Libya to Yemen, as conflict and political violence surge across the Middle East, schools — and the children and teachers that use them — are finding themselves in the line of fire. A region which — until just a few short years ago – had the goal of universal education well within reach, today faces a disastrous situation: More than 13 million children are not attending school in countries being affected – either directly or indirectly – by armed conflict. The impact is felt in different ways, all of them painful. It is estimated that there are more than 8,850 schools in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya that can no longer be used because they have been damaged, destroyed, are sheltering displaced families or are occupied by parties to the conflicts.
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