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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

“Once again, children have been attacked and killed while attending school – the one place outside of their homes where they should be safest. This time it happened in Uvalde, Texas.

“Nineteen children, a teacher, and a school staff member who set out for school this Tuesday (24th May) will never return home to their families. Many more children, teachers and school staff who witnessed the carnage will bear the emotional and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

Tuesday (24th May), it happened in Texas. Where will it happen next? This year, we have already seen horrific attacks on schools in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the U.S., West Africa and beyond.

“Tragedy after tragedy, shooting after shooting, young life after young life: how many more children will die before government leaders act to keep children and their schools safe? Because until they do, these horrors will continue.”

Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact UNICEF UK at media@unicef.org.uk or 0207 375 6030


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work for children. We also promote and protect children’s rights in the UK and internationally. We are a UK charity, entirely funded by supporters.

United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), Registered Charity No. 1072612 (England & Wales), SC043677 (Scotland).

Original article link: https://www.unicef.org.uk/press-releases/statement-by-unicef-executive-director-catherine-russell-on-school-shooting-in-uvalde-texas/

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