UNICEF: 150 million children are plunging into poverty due to covid-19

A report published by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Save the Children Foundation said, Thursday September 17th, that the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown measures have caused 150 million children to plunge into poverty, and that the number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion.

The organization stated that since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a 15 percent increase in the number of children living in deprivation in low- and middle-income countries, and that the world’s poorest children are getting poorer, ringing the alarm bell to warn that the situation is likely to deteriorate further in the coming months.

“This pandemic has already caused the biggest global education emergency in history, and the increase in poverty will make it very hard for the most vulnerable children and their families to make up for the loss”, said Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children.

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