Children and Conflict in a changing world

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Executive Summary Of the Strategic Review report to the General Assembly, A/62/228

An excerpt: … Consequences for children. The impact on children is more brutal than ever. War violates every right of the child. The direct consequences of war have received improved attention in the last decade – unlawful recruitment, sexual violence, displacement, killing and maiming, separation from family, trafficking and illegal detention. But in addition to these effects, the indirect consequences of war – including the loss of basic services, such as water, sanitation, health and education, as well as the rise of poverty, malnutrition and disease – have an equally horrific impact on children. Yet they are often overlooked. The impact of armed conflict on children perpetuates poverty, illiteracy and early mortality, robbing children of their families, security, education, health and opportunities for development. Whether as a cause or consequence, conflict is a significant obstacle to achievement of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) … (full text).

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