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Time to invest Iraq’s wealth in its future | UNICEF Connect

Rusul studies at a UNICEF-supported school at a camp for displaced families in Basra, Iraq. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Rusul studies at a UNICEF-supported school at a camp for displaced families in Basra, Iraq. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Iraq had been on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for school enrollment, infant mortality, and safe drinking water by 2015, but due to war and conflict and political instability, it missed most of them. Despite their oil, the southern governorates, such as Missan and Basra, have high rates of child poverty – Basra’s is around 19 per cent, according to a government study conducted in 2012. These child poverty rates are worse than in the northern regions of the country, and due to recent conflict and economic downturn, have probably increased.

Source: Time to invest Iraq’s wealth in its future – UNICEF Connect

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