Take a look at the problems that exist for children around the world and the solution to this problem.
From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, thousands of children paid a devastating price as armed conflict, inter-communal violence, and insecurity continued. Just last week, at least four children were reportedly among the victims as at least 35 people were killed – including two Save the Children staff members - in Kayah State in Eastern Myanmar. This was just the latest high-profile example of the devastating toll conflict takes on children and the ongoing threats to humanitarian workers.
“Year after year, parties to conflict continue to demonstrate a dreadful disregard for the rights and wellbeing of children,” “Children are suffering, and children are dying because of this callousness. Every effort should be made to keep these children safe from harm.”
Whilst data for 2021 is not yet available, in 2020, 26,425 grave violations against children were verified by the UN. The first three months of 2021 saw a slight decrease in the overall number of verified grave violations, however, verified cases of abduction and sexual violence continued to rise at alarming rates - by more than 50 and 10 per cent, respectively - compared with the first quarter of the previous year.
Verified abductions were highest in Somalia, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the countries of the Lake Chad Basin (Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.) Verified instances of sexual violence were highest in the DRC, Somalia and the Central African Republic.
This year marked 25 years since the publication of the seminal Graça Machel report ‘The impact of war on children’, which urged the international community to take concrete action to protect children from the scourge of war and called on the United Nations and the global community to act to protect children.
Afghanistan, for example, has the highest number of verified child casualties since 2005, at more than 28,500 – accounting for 27 per cent of all verified child casualties globally. Meanwhile, the Middle East and North Africa region has the highest number of verified attacks on schools and hospitals since 2005, with 22 such attacks verified in the first six months of this year.
In this regard, there is an urgent need to build schools and boarding schools to care for these children.Countries such as Congo, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia, etc., if they have schools and boarding schools for children, can significantly reduce the percentage of harm to these children.
Establishing welfare for children under the age of seven can also save them from the dangers of an unhealthy, neglected and mismanaged society.
Source & credit: UNICEF, AVC father's heart
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