According to Save The Children’s recent report, in case of war it’s the children that are effected the most. Lives of many are put to rest. And those alive have to face armed conflicts and its impact in the form of hunger and lack of other basic health facilities.
Among 10 worst war-torn countries, an approximate of 550,000 children have thought to be dead in the mortal period of 2013-2017. Infants went through a lot before finally giving up on the critical situation that includes damaged hospitals and infrastructure, hunger, lack of aid, scantiness of sanitation and other health facilities.
In addition to this, this age group is likely to be more prone towards brutal killing, sexual violence, abduction, humiliation, physical abuse and other lethal consequences because they are unable to oppose or vocalize.
2017 has been the worst year in this regard with nearly 420million (every 1 in 5) children living in conflicted areas according to Peace Research Centre Oslo in commission with Save The Children that makes them 18% of the total children population worldwide. 25,000 violations were also recorded. Most of them fell victim in the worst war-hit and conflict affected areas that covers Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan (south part), Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International, said:
“Our report shows that the way today’s wars are being fought is causing more suffering for children. Almost 1 in 5 children are living in areas impacted by conflict – more than at any time in the past two decades. The number of children being killed or maimed has more than tripled, and we are seeing an alarming increase in the use of aid as a weapon of war.
It is shocking that in the 21st century we are going backwards on principles and moral standards that are so simple – children and civilians should never be targeted.”
War dynamics in the current era are shaped in a way that target innocent children and civilians which is brutal and not acceptable. They are fought in the areas which has significant population consisting of Urban locations and lethal weapons used among which child rape is one of them too .
Save the Children’s report also intended to underline the measures that are meant to keep academic institutes safe by avoiding the use of certain weapons, seeking accountability for crimes against children and administering new ways to support their rehabilitation from the horrors and traumas of conflict and war that can make a huge difference in their lives.
Save The Children is an international non-profit organization with an aim to safeguard child rights, securing their lives and making their lives better.