Scale of attacks on children in conflicts shocking

Scale of attacks on children in conflicts shocking

In a report summarising 2017 as a violent and brutal year for children, the agency has said parties to conflicts have been blatantly disregarding global humanitarian laws created to protect the most vulnerable.

UNICEF also stated that in Iraq and Syria, children had been repeatedly used as human shields, the escalation of conflict in the Central African Republic had resulted in growing numbers of raped, killed and abducted children, and about 220,000 children from Eastern Ukraine lived "under constant threat of mines".

Unicef director of emergency programmes Manuel Fontaine said such brutality "cannot be the new normal".

The report singled out several conflict hotspots in 2017, including western Africa, where Boko Haram forced 135 children into suicide bombings, a fivefold increase over past year.

The scale of attacks on children in the world's conflict zones reached shocking levels this year, the United Nations Children's Fund says. Even after fighting has stopped, UNICEF said, children often continue to suffer from malnutrition and trauma, and lack access to adequate medical facilities, which are often destroyed in war. More than 400 schools were attacked, and an estimated 350,000 children have suffered from severe acute malnutrition.

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Boko Haram, a jihadist organisation, forced at least 135 children to act as suicide bombers, almost five times the number in 2016. - In Somalia, 1,740 cases of child recruitment were reported in the first 10 months of 2017. - In Iraq and Syria, children have reportedly been used as human shields, trapped under siege, targeted by snipers and lived through intense bombardment and violence.

In South Sudan, more than 19,000 children have been recruited into armed forces, and over 2,300 children have been killed or injured since December 2013.

Children account for more than half of the 655,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in western Myanmar since August 2017. More than 11 million children need humanitarian assistance. More than 1.8 million are suffering from malnutrition, around 385,000 of them so severely that they risk death if they are not urgently treated.

In a new report, Unicef said there was widespread and blatant disregard for worldwide laws created to protect the most vulnerable.

The report put out a plea for organisations and countries to take action to stop children being targeted.


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