The UN warns of a sharp increase in crimes against children in conflict zones

The United Nations sounded the alarm on Tuesday on the resurgence of crimes against children in conflict zones.

In a report presented to the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba noted a sharp increase in recent years in cases of abduction targeting children in several conflict zones. in the world.

“With a 90% increase in verified abduction incidents in 2020 and a sustained increase in 2021 to 20%, there is an urgent need to ensure that everyone working in surveillance, reporting is equipped with “strong tools to end and prevent the abduction of children, in accordance with the request of the Security Council”, indicated the UN official.

Reacting to this report, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell called on the members of the Council to “pause for a moment to consider how much the information contained in the report of the Secretary-General are appalling”.

According to the UN, this report presents verified evidence of more than 23,000 violations against children in 2021. “Some of these children were killed. Others were seriously injured, violated or suffered multiple violations. Still others have been taken from their families, torn from their schools, forced to take up arms and risk their lives”, indicates the international organization.

“These are only the violations of children’s rights that the United Nations has been able to verify. There are many more that we have not been able to reach and whose stories may never be known to us,” the UNICEF director stressed.

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