Climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated $100,000 to a UNICEF campaign working to protect children amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The campaign aims to tackle the immediate threat of COVID-19 to children, as well as the secondary effects, such as food poverty and the increased threat of violence.
“A Child-Rights Crisis”
“Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child-rights crisis” said Thunberg.
“It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most.”
“I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives, to protect health and continue education.”
Thunberg received the $100,000 from Danish non-profit organization Human Act in honor of her fight against climate change.
Children & The Coronavirus Pandemic
Although older generations are at a heightened risk of suffering from COVID-19 than children, the United Nations (UN) has claimed that young people could be the biggest victims.
A UN report published last month illustrated how child refugees, and other children living in the poorest areas of the world, will suffer the most as a result of coronavirus.
The report estimated that as many as 66 million young people could experience extreme poverty due to the outbreak.
The money donated to UNICEF by Thunberg will help the charity to supply hygiene products and protective equipment to children in high risk areas.
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