children affected by war

Children in Nigeria and surrounding countries, continuing to endure ‘horrendous violations’

Girls and boys in northeast Nigeria are continuing to endure brutal abuse at the hands of Boko Haram, and are also being deeply affected by military operations taking place to counter the terrorist group, despite noteworthy efforts, according the UN chief’s latest report on children and armed conflict.

Ceasefire during COVID-19 pandemic essential, to safeguard 250 million children

The head of the UN children’s fund UNICEF warned on Friday that 250 million children around the world living in the “waking nightmare” of conflict desperately need warring parties to stop fighting as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. 

‘We must all do more’ to protect children in armed conflict: UN chief

On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need to integrate child protection into peace processes during a high-level Security Council briefing on Wednesday.

News in Brief 30 December 2019

  • UNICEF reports three-fold rise in attacks on children this decade
  • Eight million face hunger in Zimbabwe, FAO calls for international support
  • UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalist in Iraq
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Former Sierra Leonean child soldier wants human face on suffering

A former child soldier from Sierra Leone has said he wants to put a human face on the suffering of children who are forced to go to war.

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