426 million children live in armed conflict

Almost one in five children in the world grows up in situations of armed conflict. These are the report’s data “War against children” prepared by the charity Save the Children, which was published on Friday, November 20.

It follows that a total of 426 million children lived in armed conflict zones in 2019, and this figure increased by 11 million over the year and reached an absolute record.

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The report also shows that more than 93,000 children have been killed or maimed worldwide since 2010. Last year alone, 10,300 such cases were documented. Among the crimes against children, the United Nations also mentions involvement in armed groups and sexual violence, the report said.

The most dangerous countries for children last year were Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Mali, Nigeria, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. The pandemic only worsens the situation due to growing poverty and overloading of health systems, the report notes. Still, it does not yet take into account the impact of the coronavirus.

Save the Children called on the world community to “stop the war against children.” The organization’s annual report is published on World Children’s Day, established by the UN General Assembly.

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