Karachi, 17 November 2022 (TDI): United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund’s (UNICEF) Regional Director for South Asia (ROSA), George Laryea-Adjei, visited the flood-affected area in Sindh.
Recently, I spent time in #Pakistan, meeting children and families whose lives have been upended by climate-induced floods. The children I met lost everything: loved ones, cherished schoolbooks, the only homes they ever knew, their schools, their sense of security. #COP27 pic.twitter.com/0Erkaj6VsJ
— George Laryea-Adjei (@G_LaryeaAdjei) November 16, 2022
He met the children and families that were affected by the catastrophe. After his visit, he stated, “The children I have met here have lost everything: loved ones, cherished schoolbooks, the only homes they ever knew, their schools, their sense of security.”
While underscoring the severity of the situation, George added, “Nearly 10 million children need immediate, lifesaving support. Over 1 in 9 children here suffers from severe acute malnutrition a life-threatening condition.”
UNICEF Director further highlighted that “Boys and girls are fighting to survive but they can no longer be made to pay the price for climate disasters not of their making.”
“This situation is not limited to Pakistan only. Climate-induced floods have also ravaged Bangladesh, India, and Afghanistan, leaving millions in need of assistance.” He continued.
The Director concluded his remarks by stressing the need for global action, “Without urgent global action, the climate devastation we have seen in Pakistan will, I fear, only be a precursor of many more child survival catastrophes to come.”
About George Laryea-Adjei
George Laryea-Adjei is the UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently, he oversees eight UNICEF country programs; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Before this, he was Director of Evaluation at UNICEF New York. He has also served as Deputy Director for UNICEF, Deputy Representative, and Chief of Social Policy for UNICEF South Africa.
Additionally, he holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Management and Ph.D. in Economics from Erasmus University, The Netherlands.
What is UNICEF ROSA?
UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia aka ROSA works to advance the rights of all children in South Asia, especially the most marginalized and disadvantaged.
It aims to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential. UNICEF in South Asia works with country offices, regional institutions, media, headquarters, and global thought leaders.
Furthermore, it influences decision-making and leverages support to accelerate results for children to brighten their future.