United Nations, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Children are at greater risk of violence and exploitation due to the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic seriously interrupts the prevention and response services to these abuses, the UN warned today.  This is how a survey carried out by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) shows, in which 136 countries participated.
Of those nations, 104 interrupted services related to care and confrontation with violence against minors
As the pandemic disrupts daily life and communities, children with a history of abuse may be even more vulnerable, both at home and online, and may experience more frequent and severe acts of violence, he warned Unicef.
At present, he stressed, 1.8 billion minors live in 104 countries where violence prevention and response services ceased due to Covid-19, and among the most affected Here is case management and home visits for children and women at risk of abuse.
For this reason, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) asked governments to prioritize the maintenance of aid programs and protect children from violence.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore emphasized that continued school closings and movement restrictions have left some children trapped at home with increasingly stressed abusers.  Many of these children now have nowhere to turn for help, nor do they have protection services, he noted.
In addition, he added, the limited contact of minors with informal protection networks such as friends, teachers, relatives remote and community members leave the little ones adrift.
Studies of epidemics and crises of the past have documented devastating impacts on the reporting of violence against children and the provision of related services.