(Mali) – In the wake of the violent protests on 18 and 19 April in Kidal, northern Mali, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that the events disrupted children’s education in the region and endangered their safety. According to sources verified by UNICEF, many children were removed from classrooms during the school day to participate in rallies. “UNICEF condemns any action or helping to prevent the normal development of the education of children and reminds all parties that the place of the child is in school, because education is the best way to ensure a prosperous future for children and the nation,” the agency said in a press statement.