2 billion children are breathing toxic air, UNICEF reports

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Dharmendra rarely steps out into New Delhi’s thick, smoggy air anymore. The 18-year-old says she feels safer indoors, protected from the toxic air pollution clouding India’s capital city.

“My eyes are irritated, I’m coughing and I find it difficult to breathe,” Dharmendra, who uses only one name as is common in India, told the Associated Press. “I don’t go out so much nowadays.”

India and its neighboring countries are home to about a third of the world’s 2 billion children who are breathing toxic air, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report on Monday.

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