More than seven million children are affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria, Unicef said on Tuesday, fearing that several thousand of them may have lost their lives.
“In Turkey, the total number of children living in the ten provinces affected by the two earthquakes amounted to 4.6 million children. In Syria, 2.5 million children are affected,” said James Elder, a spokesman for the organization.
“Children and families are in desperate need of additional support. Many staff from our local partner organizations and frontline responders have been killed, injured, displaced, and their offices and equipment destroyed,” he said during a regular press briefing in Geneva.
Unicef fears that several thousand children have been killed. These figures have not been verified but it is clear that they “will continue to increase”, according to the spokesman.