UN submits to prevent attacks against schools and hospitals

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The IAEA is concerned about the growing phenomenon of attacks on vulnerable spots (foto:archivo)

The Organization of the United Nations (UN), issued a guide with activities and information to prevent the attacks against schools and hospitals, a growing phenomenon which the Organization was declared very worried.
The document, reported Wednesday in New York, headquarters of the Organization, is an initiative of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui. Collect practical issues to implement a resolution of the Security Council for 2011, which includes the identification of armed groups responsible for attacking these institutions and their staff.
“We must act, because the attacks on schools and hospitals have become too familiar in the context of crises and conflicts, said Zerrougui.”
According to the expert, the publication of the guide is a first step for the preparation of face to tackle the problem, and strengthen the links between the different entities enrolled in their prevention, such as the international emergency of the United Nations Fund for children (Unicef), the United Nations Organization for education, science and culture (Unesco) and the World Health Organization (who).
Following the kidnapping last month of more than 200 students of a school in Nigeria and damage to schools and hospitals in different scenarios of armed clashes, the UN reiterated its call to respect such sites and to students, teachers, patients, and professionals in health, among others.
“Every boy and girl in all regions of the world have the right to education and health, but these guarantees are raped again in places of conflict”, said.
On his part, Margaret Chan, who director-general said that the attacks against schools and students affect the ability of children to express their full potential, while attacks on hospitals reduce the ability to provide medical care, including that of emergency.
According to a report by Unesco, from 1990 to 2008, it is estimated that 2 million children were killed in armed conflicts and 6 million were disabled, what that represents the main barrier to the education and health of children.