Lives Upended: How COVID-19 threatens the futures of 600 million South Asian children

The South Asian region is likely to have around 360 million children pushed into poverty and food insecurity within the next six months, according to a UNICEF report released on June 23, 2020. Over 240 million children in the region were already classified as poor, but with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an additional 120 million children will likely be affected, said the report. South Asia is home to over 600 million children under 18 years of age, with nearly six out of every 10 of them likely to become poor and food insecure in South Asia, according to UNICEF’s estimates.

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