The Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Children

More than 1.5 billion students are out of school. Widespread job and income loss and economic insecurity among families are likely to increase rates of child labour, sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage. Stresses on families, particularly those living under quarantines and lockdowns, are increasing the incidence of domestic violence. As the global death toll from COVID-19 increases, large numbers of children will be orphaned and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

  • Africa:   COVID-19's Devastating Impact on Children

    HRW, 9 April 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The impact… Read more »

  • Africa:   COVID-19 and Children's Rights

    HRW, 9 April 2020

    Children who contract COVID-19 appear to have less severe symptoms and lower mortality rates than other age groups. But in myriad other ways, the COVID-19 crisis is having a… Read more »

School children in a classroom (file photo).

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  • Children Talk Coronavirus

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    allAfrica.com
    Publication Date:
    9 April 2020

    Children talk about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on children. The crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children ... see more »

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