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UNICEF worried about violence among Jamaican children

PICTURED: Mark Connolly (Photo credit: Marlon Reid/ Loop Jamaica)

A RECENT report from UNICEF has revealed that Jamaican children face substantial risks including violence, sexual abuse and death.

The report entitled 'A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents’ , launched on November 1 by the UNICEF Jamaica office, and urged the country’s authorities to take action to improve the safety, wellbeing and security of its children.

According to Caribbean 360, UNICEF’s Jamaica representative, Mark Connolly, said the global organisation was alarmed by the number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools and communities.

Figures in the report showed 47 children were murdered across the island up to October 21 – 29 were boys and 18 girls.

This number surpasses last years figure, which saw 41 children killed in 2016.

“Jamaica is among the 10 countries with the highest mortality rates from homicide and from collective violence among girls aged 10 to 19 years in 2015,” the report said.

The report also said eight in ten Jamaican children in the mentioned age group experience violence as a form of discipline.

UNICEF underscored that there must be renewed effort to convince Jamaicans that all children have the right to be protected from violence inflicted on them.

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