More than two out of five children in Iraq, 37.9 percent, could fall below the poverty line due to the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an assessment by the Iraqi planning ministry in cooperation with Iraq, the United Nations for Children (UNICEF) , the World Bank and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
The work doubles the number of poor minors since every fifth child and youth in Iraq was poor before the pandemic broke out.
An estimated 4.5 million more Iraqis, 11.7 percent, are at risk of falling below the poverty line due to the pandemic. The increase would raise the national poverty rate from 20 percent to 31.7 percent and increase the total number of poor to 11.4 million.
Of these, children and adolescents, who make up more than half of the Iraqi population, are most at risk. In order to lose jobs and rise in prices, the direct causes of poverty, we need to add the interruptions to basic services that increase household disadvantage and vulnerability.