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One in four Iraqi children live in poverty after war with Isis, United Nations says

World leaders can show that ‘we are willing to invest in children – and through investing in children, that we are willing to invest in rebuilding a stable Iraq’

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Unicef has supported local authorities to rehabilitate 576 schools within the war-torn country AFP/Getty

One in four Iraqi children are in poverty and 4 million in need of assistance as a result of the country’s war with Isis, the United Nation’s children agency (Unicef) has warned.

There were 150 attacks on education facilities and 50 attacks on health centres and personnel since 2014, it said in a statement. Half of Iraq’s schools need repairs and more than 3 million children have had their education interrupted, it said.

Iraq is seeking $100bn (£72bn) in foreign investment in transport, energy and agriculture as part of a plan to rebuild parts of the country and revive the economy after declaring victory over Isis in December.

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The Independent

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