UNICEF: ERW threaten half a million lives in Libya
UNICEF said in a statement it was deeply concerned over the death and injury of children due to an explosive remnant of war (ERW) in Ain Zara on March 18, adding that this incident affected one family and their four siblings which included the death of a 14-year-old.
"UNICEF is concerned that incidents will increase, affecting children such as in this tragic and unfortunate incident. It is estimated that over half a million people including 63,000 displaced people, 123,000 returnees, 145,000 non-displaced Libyans, 135,000 migrants and 40,000 refugees are at risk of contamination.” The statement reads.
It added that according to the information received, the remaining 3 siblings of the dead boy are between the ages of 14 – 8 years old and two of them continued to be in the intensive care unit.
UNICEF, in close collaboration with the government authorities including Libyan Mine Action Centre (LIBMAC) and (UNMAS), is working to ensure that the injured children and their family received sufficient and quality victim assistance.
It explained that increased awareness of the risks of explosive hazards remain a critical need to ensure that people living in areas that have seen conflict can go about their lives more safely.