Coronavirus crisis: Children suffer most from being locked down
03 May 2020 | 7:00 am
During the coronavirus crisis, children have been seen as potential virus carriers or obstacles to parents working from home, but some little ones will suffer the most during this time.
The everyday life of young people has now been restricted by the coronavirus pandemic for two years. The personal and societal consequences are devastating — and will have impacts long into the future.
Children in particular are suffering from the looming famine in Afghanistan – the result of a recent drought and the withdrawal of international aid organizations after the Taliban regained control of the country.
We focus on the British papers, with outrage palpable over horrific images of children killed in Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Also, we look at cartoonists' adoring praise for Volodymyr Zelensky, who has risen from novice politician to defiant saviour of Ukraine.
Ukraine has accused Russia of bombing a children’s hospital and maternity ward in the besieged port city of Mariupol, wounding 17 people and trapping children and others under the rubble in what it called “a war crime without justification”.
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