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UN: Pandemic tough on millions of Mideast, NAfrican children

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The U.N. children's agency says the global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North AfricaBy NOHA ELHENNAWY Associated PressNovember 20, 2020, 10:13 AM• 3 min readCAIRO -- The global pandemic and ensuing lockdown have taken their toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of kids in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.In a survey of more than 7,000 households in seven countries in the region covering 13,000 children, UNICEF found that more than 90% of respondents believe the coronavirus pandemic has affected their children negatively.“Restrictions on movement and closure of schools had a severe impact on children’s daily routines, their social i