13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN

A female fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks in front a school in the Syrian city of Hasakeh on August 2, 2015, a week after Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from HasakehMore than 13 million children are being denied education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning “the hopes of a generation” would be dashed if they can’t return to classrooms. In a report on the effect of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the region, the United Nation’s children fund UNICEF said more than 8,500 schools could no longer be used due to violence. It detailed cases of students and teachers coming under direct fire, classrooms used as makeshift bomb shelters and children having to cross active front lines just to take their exams.

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