Stop the War on Children

2019Save the Children, in collaboration with researchers from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The protection of children in conflict – and with it the realisation of the promises made in the declarations, conventions and statutes of the 20th century – is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. The nature of conflict – and its impact on children – is evolving. In today’s armed conflicts, there is often no longer a clearly demarcated battlefield: children’s homes and schools are the battlefield. Increasingly, the brunt of armed violence and warfare is being borne by children. Children suffer in conflict in different ways to adults, partly because they are physically weaker and also because they have so much at stake – their physical, mental and psychosocial development are heavily dependent on the conditions they experience as children. Conflict affects children differently depending on a number of personal characteristics – significantly gender and age, but also disability status, ethnicity, religion and whether they live in rural or urban locations. The harm that is done to children in armed conflict is not only often more severe than that done to adults, it has longer lasting implications – for children themselves and for their societies

Key wordsarmed conflict / child soldiers / children / grave violations against children / human rights / impunity / internally displaced persons / mental health / sexual violence

CountriesAfghanistan / Central African Republic / Democratic Republic of Congo / Global / Iraq / Mali / Nigeria / Somalia / South Sudan / Syria / Yemen