The UN children’s agency Monday appealed for $2.5 billion in new funds for 39 million children in the Middle East and North Africa impacted by war, poverty, and the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The region is home to the highest number of children in need in the world,’ said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. The French Press Agency (AFP) reports that he said the latest appeal ‘aims to reach children with critical humanitarian assistance and continue responding to the massive needs emerging as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’.