- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BERLIN (AP) - UNICEF is criticizing the living conditions of refugee children in Germany, saying they frequently lack proper medical care and access to schools for months.

The children’s agency says in its report children also need to be better protected from abuse in large shelters and the length of their stays there need to be reduced. Refugee children often live in mass shelters for more than six months without schooling.

UNICEF head in Germany Christian Schneider said Tuesday that, “all children have equal rights - no matter where they are from, which community they belong to and which legal status they have.”

The agency pointed out refugee children are often traumatized by war and violence and need special protection and care - not less than their German peers.

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