Press Release

Statement on the deaths of children in air attacks on schools in eastern Myanmar

07 February 2024

Statement by Debora Comini, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific

“UNICEF is appalled by the deaths of four school children and two teachers as the result of an air strike on two schools in Kayah state, eastern Myanmar, on Monday.

“The children who died were aged between 12 and 14. Many more were injured. More than 100 children were in school at the time of the strikes.

“UNICEF strongly condemns any strikes against schools and places of learning, which must always be safe spaces for children.

“Attacks against schools are a grave violation of children’s rights and can constitute a violation of international humanitarian law.”


Chiara Frisone

Communication Specialist UNICEF East Asia & Pacific

Simon Ingram

Regional Chief of Communication and Advocacy UNICEF East Asia & Pacific

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