According to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, 5% of the world’s orphans are currently in Iraq. These children have been hit the hardest by poverty, war and the economic crisis.
Iraq has almost 800,000 children who have lost either one or both parents, that’s equivalent to 1 in every 6 children being an orphan and only 78.4% of children aged between 5 and 14 are in full time education. Unfortunately, this number just keeps climbing with 4.5 million children living below the poverty line.
For a young and vulnerable child, this world is dangerous. The number of missing children in Iraq is currently the highest in the world and sadly, this number is still rising, with many forced into labour or trafficked.