New York City, 03 January, 2020 / 3:57 am (ACI Africa).
The past decade saw troubling levels of violence against children, with some 45 children seeing their rights “gravely violated” each day during the 2010s, a new report from the United Nations said.
In total, more than 170,000 children were affected by conflict throughout the past decade, said a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report detailing the major atrocities against children around the world.
These violations included the killing, maiming, abduction, sexual assault, and forced military service of children. The regions highlighted in the UNICEF report were the Middle East and Africa, although children around the world were at risk.
“Conflicts around the world are lasting longer, causing more bloodshed and claiming more young lives” than in previous times, said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF. The organization announced the creation of a special fund to address the “historic” numbers of children in need.
In January 2019, more than 30 children were killed in Syria as a result of the ongoing civil war. The situation in Syria is “one of the gravest crises of our time,” said UNICEF. The organization also noted that thousands of children have been displaced due to the war.