The latest Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict points to some worrying trends in warfare, the targeting and use of schools in conflict – and the need for safe havens, even in conflict.
NEW YORK, United States of America, 20 June 2012 – His face and body are badly burned. He can barely speak. His home in Hama, Syrian Arab Republic, went up in flames when it was hit by a rocket – and the family couldn’t get 4-year-old Adnan out in time.
“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict.”
–UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
By Priyanka Pruthi
NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – For the past two years, the world has seen crisis explode in the Syrian Arab Republic. Twenty-four months of chaos and conflict have cost the country thousands of lives, many of them children.
The wait for a political solution seems never-ending. It’s a wait that has torn a country apart and placed it on the verge of losing a generation to violence.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 30 July 2012 – “In the centre, I learn how to knit gloves and make baskets. I love to participate in the discussion groups here,” said Zele Flora, 15. Since she arrived in Mugunga, a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs), last April, she has frequented one of the child-friendly spaces (CFS) that UNICEF and its partner AVSI established in order to give children affected by conflict a place where they can be what they are: children, who play, learn and hope.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake addresses the United Nations Security Council about Resolution 1998, which aims to protect schools and hospitals from armed attacks.
By Chris Niles
NEW YORK, 12 July 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has welcomed a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at increasing efforts to protect schools and hospitals from armed attack.
“These horrific attacks are not only a violation of international and humanitarian law, they are a violation of our common humanity,” said Mr Lake. “Today, the Security Council has taken a major step toward ending the culture of impunity and protecting children at their most vulnerable.”