The United Nations has termed the past 10 years a “deadly decade” for children, as conflicts around the world are lasting longer and claiming more young lives.
UNICEF reports that since 2010, they’ve recorded an average of 45 violations a day around the world – stemming from prolonged conflicts that seem not to end.
“Conflicts around the world are lasting longer and claiming more young lives,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on Monday.
In 2018, the UN verified more than 24,000 grave violations against children, including killing, maiming, sexual violence, abductions, denial of humanitarian access, child recruitment and attacks on schools and hospitals.
However not all of these cases are being reported as the United Nations agency says many cases of violence against children remain unreported.
The situation in 2019 hasn’t been different.
The U.N. says the first past of the year 2019, saw over 10,000 such violations against children, though the numbers are much higher in some areas like – eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The United Nations notes that the number of countries experiencing conflict is the highest it has been since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, and has called on warring parties to respect international law.
“As 2019 draws to a close with ‘no letup in the attacks and violence against children in sight,’ UNICEF is calling on all warring parties to abide by their obligations under international law and to immediately end violations against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and water infrastructure,” said Ms. Fore.