Forget education, food, and shelter or other primary needs are being neglected to the innocent children who have done no wrong. It is about time that people come to the realization that because of their misdeeds, children won’t be able to live their youth.
According to a report by Save the Children, one in six children worldwide are living in conflict zones, which is an increase of a rapid 75% since 1990’s. This is a shame to a world which is proud about technological advancements and developments in various living standards
What makes matters worse is how schools and hospitals are being targeted. This is a major issue according to policies being drafted around the world. The NATO and United Nations should do instead of just talk.
“We are seeing a shocking increase in the number of children growing up in areas affected by conflict, and being exposed to the most serious forms of violence imaginable,” Helle Thorning-Schmidt, chief executive of Save the Children, said.
UNICEF declared 2017 the worst years for children caught in conflict, where they were even used in atrocious acts such as being human shields and suicide bombers.
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“As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal,” Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s director of emergency programs, said.
Africa is seen to increase child soldiers rapidly. In Nigeria and Cameroon, the jihadist group Boko Haram used around 135 children as suicide bombers, over five times as many than the year prior.
As for the Middle East crisis, in Iraq and Syria, around 700 children were killed in the year to September where they were even used as human shields.
A very saddening fact is that Syria had the highest literacy rate in the world before the war, and now over thirteen million children have stopped attending school in Syria. The risk of walking to school, sitting and studying in school and even playing in the playground at school could be the last second for a child in such zones.