Childhood lost to conflict/ growing up amidst conflict
Globally, there are an estimated 426 million children living in conflict zones today. Major conflicts around the world have tripled since 2010. Due to this, children have been the most impacted, the ones who suffer most from the effects of war, violence and now, COVID-19.
Conflicts all around the world are ending childhoods and according to data, this is on a dangerously upward trend.
The impact of conflict on children varies by age, gender, status, ethnicity, religion and disability. Children who live in these conflict zones are at the biggest risk of experiencing violence, psychological stress, hunger, lack of opportunity for education and a lack of basic resources. Children living in war-affected regions live in constant fear, experiencing grave violations of their rights.
For these children, they are growing up in the shadow of violence, without a parental figure to guide them in life. It’s a long road to normalcy for these children in war-torn societies. They have grown up knowing nothing but war, conflict and violence, having their childhood stripped away from them.