In countries like Yemen and Syria, children are trapped by the horrors of war – hospitals are bombed, food, water and aid is blocked. They are forced to flee, uprooted from all they know.
They need to be protected and given the chance to just be children again.
But today, children are at more risk in war and conflict zones now than at any time in the last 20 years.
Despite the collective efforts of the international community, brutal tactics are still commonly used against children: children are used as suicide bombers, their schools are directly targeted, and the widespread use of indiscriminate weapons like cluster munitions, barrel bombs and improvised explosive devices make no distinction between soliders and children.
Our new report, The War On Children, finds an increase in reported grave violations against children, mainly due to a crisis of compliance, lack of monitoring and reporting. The nature of modern war has changed and has seen an increase in urban warfare, including an increased use of explosive weapons in populated areas, leading to more children being harmed.
With your help, together, we can give those children who are already the victims of war the support to build brighter futures.
And we can stop future child victims of conflict by acting together to push governments to strengthen protection for children caught up in war.