357 million children live in conflict zones
357 million children worldwide are trying to survive in conflict areas, while 40 percent of them are children in Islamic geography according to the report issued by the Save Children Foundation.
According to a report by the Save the Children Foundation, 357 million children in the world continue their lives in conflict areas, while countries with the worst conditions for children are Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
International aid agency Save the Children Foundation reported that 357 million children - one out of every six children in the world - live in conflict zones under the threat of death and violence, and this number is the largest figure ever recorded in terms of the population of children living in conflict areas. The data show that children living in conflict areas have increased by 75 percent since the early 1990s. Countries with the worst conditions for children are Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
The increase in urbanization, longer conflicts schools, and hospitals to have more targets than in the past made it even more dangerous for the children according to report. Apart from the risk of death, other threats to children in conflict areas are listed as abduction and sexual violence.
Children in Islamic geography are most affected by conflicts at a rate of 40 percent which followed by Africa with 20 percent.
"The number of children verified by the UN as killed or maimed has risen drastically in the last 10 years," said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International. "Attacks on what should, by any law or civilized standard, be safe places for children – such as schools and hospitals – are also becoming a new normal in conflicts, with reported incidents having roughly doubled in the last decade," added Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark.
According to the United Nations, since 2005 more than 73 thousand children have lost their lives or disabled as a result of 25 different wars or civil war. These data have increased by 300 percent since 2010. According to charitable organizations, actual data is much higher, given the difficulty of collecting information in conflict zones.