War’s toll on children

Armed conflicts around the world are inflicting a devastating toll on children.

Save the Children’s report Blast Injuries: The impact of explosive weapons on children in conflict states: “In 2017 nearly a fifth of all children were living close to conflict – with 142 million children living near areas of intense fighting. These children are more at risk of harm than any generation since the end of the Cold War. The number of verified incidents of all six grave violations against children in war – as  identified by the United Nations – continues to increase, with the reported number tripling since 2010.”

Photo: On July 20, 2014 Selwa’s home in Gaza was hit by shelling. Her mother, who was pregnant at the time, her sister, two aunts, an uncle and her grandmother were killed. Read her story in the report on page 8.
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