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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Children under attack in conflicts says UNICEF

Children in conflict zones around the world have come under attack at a shocking scale throughout the year, says the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), reports ITRealms.

UNICEF made this assertion to ITRealms through its Director of Emergency Programmes, Manuel Fontaine, noting that even parties to conflicts blatantly disregarded international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable.

“Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds. As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal,” Fontaine said.

ITRealms gathered that in conflicts around the world, children have become frontline targets, used as human shields, killed, maimed and recruited to fight. Rape, forced marriage, abduction and enslavement have become standard tactics in conflicts from Iraq, Syria and Yemen, to Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar.

In some contexts, he said, children abducted by extremist groups experience abuse yet again upon release when they are detained by security forces. 


Millions more children are paying an indirect price for these conflicts, suffering from malnutrition, disease and trauma as basic services – including access to food, water, sanitation and health – are denied, damaged or destroyed in the fighting,” Fontaine submitted.

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