According to UNICEF, 2017 was one of the worst years for children caught in conflicts and besieged areas. From being deployed as human shields to acting as suicide bombers, children have become targets on a huge scale.
Warring parties in 2017 had a blatant disregarded for international law when it came to the protection of children, an official from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
A UNICEF report found that in conflict-ridden regions across the world, high numbers of children had been killed, used as human shields and recruited to fight.
“Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds,” Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s director of emergency programs, said. “As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.”