(UN News Centre) – The past three years of intensifying conflict in Iraq have left the country’s children trapped in a grinding cycle of violence and poverty, an assessment out today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling on the warring parties to immediately end hostilities. “Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror and unimaginable violence,” said Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in the country, in a statement on the launch of the new assessment.