2014 the worst year yet

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called 2014 “a devastating year for millions of children”.

Lake described in an end-ofyear public statement the murder, torture, kidnapping, rape and starvation of 15 million children in the Central African Republic, Iraq, Sudan, Gaza, Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Mexico, central America and Ukraine. Many of these minors have also been orphaned, maimed, forced to flee as refugees, made to witness horrific acts of violence, sold into slavery or recruited into armies. Yet, said Lake, their plights no longer capture the world’s attention because of the number of crises happening simultaneously.

“Never in recent memory have so many children been caught in the crossfire between warring factions and subjected to such unspeakable brutality,” said an impassioned Lake.

In his presentation, Lake added that schools as physical sites have taken on a new prominence in war-torn areas. “In 2014, hundreds of children were kidnapped from their schools or on their way to school. Tens of thousands were recruited or used by armed forces and groups. Attacks on education and health facilities and use of schools for military purposes increased in many places.”

The year 2014 also saw the rise of health-related threats to children around the world. In Iraq and Syria, polio stalked the youth, and in South Sudan, severe malnutrition stunted their development. The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone left thousands of children orphaned.

Category: Autumn 2015

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