UN condemns attacks on Nepal schools

KATHMANDU (AFP) The United Nations has voiced “deep concern” over escalating violence against schools in Nepal by militants it said were endangering children’s lives and jeopardising their right to education.
Local media have blamed student wings of various political factions for destroying computers in a Kathmandu college and torching school buses in the capital, the southern district of Chitwan and the eastern city of Dharan.
The UN’s head in Nepal, Robert Piper, urged government officials and politicians late Tuesday to “ensure that children in Nepal are allowed to thrive, grow and be educated in an atmosphere free of violence and terror”.
“While the incidents of the past weeks damaged school property, the most recent attacks on school buses, some with children still inside them, could have had disastrous consequences,” Piper said in a statement with Unicef and Unesco representatives Hanaa Singer and Axel Plathe.

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