"BAGHDAD — More than four years after the United States invaded Iraq, the country's children continue to face a litany of problems from disrupted educations to unsafe drinking water, detentions and violence, UNICEF reported Friday."
Among the preliminary report's findings:
- Twenty-eight percent of Iraq's 17-year-olds took final exams this summer; 40 percent in south and central Iraq passed.
- Eighty percent of children outside Baghdad don't have working sewers in their communities, limiting access to safe water.
- An average of 25,000 children per month were displaced within Iraq by violence or intimidation.
- An estimated 760,000 children were out of primary school in 2006, and 220,000 more displaced children had their educations interrupted in 2007.
- By the end of 2007, about 75,000 children were living in camps or temporary shelter.
- About 1,350 children were detained by military and police, "many for alleged security violations."