From Syria to Yemen, boys and girls are being killed and maimed as their home towns are bombed and placed under violent siege. Schools, hospitals and other places where children should be safe are being targeted in horrific attacks.
This must stop. Even wars must have limits.
We’re pushing for governments around the world to make sure that children caught up in conflict are protected. But war is putting children at risk as never before.
Some 15 million children are directly caught up in violent conflict. A further 10 million children have fled violent struggles in their countries. A third of the world’s child deaths happen in countries affected by conflict or that have sizeable refugee populations.
We work relentlessly to defend children against the horrors of war and to uphold their right to protection. A right that our founder helped establish.
Operating as part of a movement that works in 120 countries, our department designs and implements change-making strategies. We use all our skills to combine lobbying, policy, research, campaigning and media into one agile, powerful engine for change.
Our current focus is on helping children in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.
We must ensure children’s rights are included in the Global Compacts on migration and refugees.
We’re pushing for states to endorse the ‘Safe Schools Declaration’ and are addressing the use and impacts of explosive weapons in populated areas.