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Conflict and Humanitarian

Children face the threat of conflict

Children are living in fear of their lives due to conflicts they have no part in or control over.

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.

The nature of conflict – and its impact on children – is changing We are witnessing deliberate campaigns of violence against civilians, including the targeting of schools, the abduction and enslavement of girls, and deliberate starvation.

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.

In 2017, a staggering 420 million children lived in conflict zones. This is nearly one-fifth of children worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of children are dying every year as a result of indirect effects of conflict.

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, Myanmar and Bangladesh, and Syria.

We must ensure children’s rights are respected in the implementation phase of the 2018 adopted Global Compacts on migration and refugees.

We’re pushing for states to endorse the ‘Safe Schools Declaration’ and adopt up to date ‘Protection of Civilians’ strategies that focus on children.

Our Priorities

1. Pushing for a ceasefire in Yemen and the removal of all impediments to delivering aid to children.

2. Calling on the British Government to do more to protect children in conflict by adopting an up to date Protection of Civilians strategy.

3. Demanding accountability for crimes commitment against Rohingya children in Myanmar.

4. Pushing for States to endorse the ‘Safe Schools Declaration’ and implement its associated guidelines.

5. Ensuring that child rights are central in the implementation phase of the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees.

Key reports

Blast Injuries: The impact of explosive weapons on children in conflict 

The War on Children: Time to end grave violations against children in conflict 

Stop the War on Children: Protecting Children in 21st Century Conflict 

Hunger – A Lethal Weapon of War: The impact of conflict-related hunger on children

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our experts

George Graham

George Graham

Director of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns

George leads the organisation’s policy work and campaigns on conflict and emergency situations around the world, as well as longer-term work on measures to protect children in war and to uphold the rights of children on the move.

He has some 15 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, both in the UK and overseas, including in North Africa, the Middle East, India, Nepal, Sudan and Bosnia.

He has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London.

James Denselow

James Denselow

Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy

James has spent more than 15 years working on and in the Middle East, including time living in Syria and Lebanon. He previously worked at Chatham House, MAP and Crisis Action.

He has an MA from Kings College London and a BA from Exeter. He is a contributing author to An Iraq of Its Regions: Cornerstones of a federal democracy and America and Iraq: Policy-making, intervention and regional politics since 1958. He is a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre and a Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies.

Véronique Aubert

Senior Conflict and Humanitarian Policy & Research Adviser

Véronique leads on Children and Armed Conflict. She also co-chairs the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack and serves as a member of Child Soldiers International’s Board of Trustees.

Prior to this Véronique was the Deputy Director of the Africa Programme and Researcher on the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat.

She has a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Daniela Reale

Daniela Reale

Child Protection & Children on the Move Lead

Daniela has over 15 years’ experience working on child protection, child migration and trafficking, supporting both direct programmes globally and leading on policy and advocacy on children on the move and on child exploitation, including child labour and trafficking. She pioneered the Children on the Move framework, successfully advocating for this approach to be adopted in a variety of contexts.

Daniela holds a degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and has long-standing experience in the fields of child protection, exploitation, trafficking and related issues. 

Amanda Brydon

Amanda Brydon

Conflict and Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser

Amanda focuses on the Middle East.

Prior to this, she led Amnesty International’s Advocacy and Government Relations team in New Zealand, before moving to Beirut to work as Policy Adviser for the Yemen and Lebanon country teams of Oxfam GB.  

Amanda has experience in international and domestic advocacy on human rights, working on an extensive range of campaigns, including safe and legal routes for asylum-seekers and refugees, security and mass surveillance, violence against women in the Pacific, the campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty, and the protection of civilians in conflict.

Amanda has a conjoint BA / LLB (Hons) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, majoring in international human rights and refugee law.

Mark Kaye

Mark Kaye

Roving Conflict and Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser

Before taking up his current role, Mark worked as a member of Save the Children’s Humanitarian Surge Team, deploying to support humanitarian operations in a variety of conflict, disaster-relief and slow-onset responses. Mark has extensive field experience of working in conflict settings, including the Central African Republic, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

He has a Masters in Global Political Economy from the University of Sussex and has co-authored the reports Attacks on Education and the Nowhere Safe for Yemen’s Children.

Orlaith Minogue

Orlaith Minogue

Conflict and Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser

Prior to joining the Conflict and Humanitarian team, Orlaith worked on child rights governance at Save the Children’s Northern Ireland office. Orlaith has previous experience working on human rights issues in Canada, India, Hungary and with Amnesty International at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Orlaith has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Queen’s University Belfast and a bachelor degree in Law and French from University College Cork.

Keyan Salarkia

Keyan Salarkia

Conflict & Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Adviser

Keyan focuses on the Horn of Africa and the East Africa region. 

He has a background in policy and advocacy in the UK NGO sector, and is currently studying for a Masters in Violence, Conflict and Development. Keyan has developed a specialism in natural resources and political economy, while his interests extend well beyond that – including health, education and children and armed conflict. 

Anya Cowley

Anya Cowley

Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Officer

Anya focusses on safe schools and post-conflict recovery as part of our global campaign to stop the war on children. Prior to this role, Anya worked as a member of the Education and Child Protection teams at Save the Children International. She has previously worked for an NGO specialising in psychosocial support for children living with HIV in Uganda, the Press Association, and as a researcher for a social documentary photographer.

Anya holds a first class degree in English Literature from King’s College London.