United Nations.- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today pointed out that serious violations against the rights of children living in conflict zones have increased exponentially in recent years.
In the last 16 years, the UN has committed 266,000 crimes against minors in more than 30 conflict situations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
But the actual figures should be much higher than the cases confirmed by the monitoring and reporting mechanism on child and armed conflicts, a procedure established in 2005 to systematically document such violations, the report added.
Thousands of children have been abused in the past year due to wars and conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Ethiopia.
For example, Afghanistan has the highest number of vetted victims since 2005, at more than 28,500, representing 27 percent of those confirmed worldwide.
Similarly, the Middle East and North Africa are the regions with the highest number of verified attacks against schools and hospitals, with 22 such attacks in the first six months of this year.
As UNICEF Managing Director Henrietta Four emphasized, parties in conflict over the rights and well-being of children who die from this insensitivity are once again showing a terrible indifference.
In that regard, he called for doing everything possible and taking concrete steps to protect against harm. Although there are no official figures for UNICEF for the current year, by 2020 the UN will be examining 26,425 child rights violations in conflict zones.