Over 25,000 Indonesian children now orphans by COVID-19

As Indonesia is hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, reports reveal that 25,430 prospective children have lost one or both of their caregivers.

Nationwide mapping conducted by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) in Indonesia found that since the beginning of the pandemic, the majority (57%) have lost a male caregiver, more than a third (37%) have lost a female caregiver and about 5% have lost both.

While most children are currently cared for by their female caregivers, and some by relatives, 114 children have no adult nearby to look after them. UNICEF noted that there is a need to strengthen long-term protection and family care initiatives.

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