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UNICEF: 40 percent school dropouts in Mideast conflict areas

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region. An estimated 13. 7 million school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan are not in school, out of a total of 34 million, UNICEF said. The dropout rate could increase to 50 percent in coming months...

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