Countries where children are most affected by violence | News
This June 4 marks the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, in order to protect children around the world from physical and mental abuse.
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On August 19, 1982, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), “dismayed at the large number of Palestinian and Lebanese children who have been innocent victims of acts of aggression by Israel”, decided to commemorate every June 4 the Day International of innocent child victims of aggression.
UN resolution ES-7/8 recognized that in wars and armed conflicts it is children who suffer the most. In these circumstances, minors are recruited as soldiers, they are murdered, victims of sexual violence and kidnapping, among other consequences.
Some countries where violence affects children
According to statistics provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 230 million children (one in ten minors worldwide) live in areas affected by armed conflict.
A report prepared for the day indicates that Yemen, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Nigeria “are just some of the countries that concentrate the greatest child suffering due to violence.”
In this Arab country the warlike conflict endangers the lives of almost eight million children. The opposing armed groups continue to recruit minors. In addition, the war has closed schools in many towns and left 1.83 million children without an education.
The armed aggression that the government of President Bashar Al Assad has been facing by terrorist groups for about nine years has resulted in some 5.6 million children being displaced from their places of residence, in addition to getting used to living without the most basic elements .
Around a million people in the northeast of the African country have had to flee their homes due to the intensification of attacks by armed groups in recent months. Many children have been separated from their families. Without the protection of their families, these children are at greater risk of exploitation and can be captured by armed groups, according to the Unicef report.
Close to 13,000 children have been recruited by armed groups on both sides and some 200,000 minors have been left out of school. In addition, there are dozens of children killed, victims of rape or kidnapped by the war actions between the gangs.
Central African Republic
Around 2.7 million children suffer the consequences of the conflict in that African country. Unicef estimates that some 900,000 children have left their homes, while there are between 6,000 and 10,000 children associated with armed factions.