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Children of war: urgent action is needed to save a generation

21 September 2016


Images, especially those published in mass and social media, paint a picture that no text or description can capture. Nowhere is this as evident as in recent wars where conflict has frequently had a child’s face, often going viral across the world. From the fear and intensity in the eyes of the war orphan Sharbat Gula from Afghanistan,1 to the sight of poor Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach,2 to the ashen faced Omran Dagnish who was pulled from the debris following an airstrike in Aleppo,3 children have been the most egregious victims of conflict. The recent report from the UN Secretary General4 paints a bleak picture of systematic abuse and violation of every existing regulation for the protection and safeguarding of children and families across a wide range of countries that are experiencing acute and longstanding conflict. Children continue to be affected disproportionately by widespread conflict and, given their vulnerability, often bear much more long-term consequences than adults.

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Published online in on 5 September 2016.

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