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Every sixth child grows up in a conflict zone

According to a study, the lives of millions of children are shaped by war, conflict and violence.

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Every sixth child grows up in a conflict zone

According to a study, the lives of millions of children are shaped by war, conflict and violence. Every sixth child worldwide grew up in a conflict region last year, the aid organization Save the Children said on Wednesday. According to a study carried out jointly with the Oslo Peace Research Institute Prio, the most dangerous countries for children are Yemen, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to this, a total of around 449 million girls and boys live in conflict regions, 230 million of them children in a particularly dangerous area. Regions in which more than 1,000 people die directly as a result of fighting or as a result of fighting are considered to be particularly dangerous.

The managing director of "Save the Children", Florian Westphal, explained that every day girls and boys are killed, injured or abused. "This brutality has terrible physical and psychological consequences for children." They paid a far too high price. He called for crimes against children not to go unpunished.

The report also documents crimes such as kidnapping, sexualised violence and the recruitment of child soldiers. Accordingly, there were 24,515 such serious offenses, the lowest number in five years. However, the aid organization warned of a large number of unreported cases, because crimes are often not reported and access to the affected areas is difficult.

According to the report, for which data from the United Nations and peace researchers was evaluated, in 2021 Africa had the most children in conflict zones, with 180 million boys and girls. Asia came second (152 million children), followed by America (64 million children) and the Middle East (49 million children). According to the information, 19 million children grew up in conflict zones in Europe last year.

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