Date: 2 weeks ago   Category: Politics

In armed conflicts in the world about 250 thousand children - UNICEF are involved


About 250 thousand children are around the world involved in armed conflicts. Such data are provided by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the run-up to the international protest campaign against retraction of children in armed conflicts - Day of a red hand (Red Hand Day), reports APA.

"According to UNICEF, tens of thousands of boys and girls are used as children's soldiers worldwide. Exact figures are absent, however, by some estimates, it is about about 250 thousand children", - it is said in the statement.

As is noted, especially actively children are used in the purposes of the party in the long conflicts - in South Sudan, the CAR, DRK, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Besides, in Afghanistan, Mali and Myanmar boys and girls are involved in quality of soldiers or assistants to the armed groups.

"Not all children go into battle, many are used as observers and messengers, or for cooking, transfer of things, collecting wood. Some girls are forcibly married to fighters, also by girls, as well as boys, become objects of sexual violence. In extreme cases children are forced to be "live boards" or to undermine themselves in crowded places", - it is noted in the message.

of UNICEF urges the governments of all countries to fight against retraction of children in armed conflicts more actively.

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