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UN chief says there’s 250 million children living in conflict-affected nations

UNITED NATIONS — Some 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. And he said 2018 saw more than 12,000 children killed or injured as a result of those conflicts, the highest number since 1996. Speaking on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, the UN chief said children below age 18 “constitute more than 50 percent of the population of most countries affected by war and are among the most vulnerable, unable to protect themselves from its impact.” Guterres said more than 24,000 violations against children were documented and verified in 2018, up from 21,000 in 2017. He said global campaigns, including “Children, No ...
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