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The Impact of War on Children

The Impact of War on Children
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Child Migration Statistics

Between 2005 and 2020, the global number of child refugees under the UNHCR mandate more than doubled from four million to around 10 million. Between 2010 and 2020 alone, the number of these child refugees shot up by 116 percent. By comparison, the total number of child migrants rose by only 28 percent during the same period.

Children are dramatically over-represented among the world’s refugees. Children make up less than one-third of the global population but almost half of the world’s refugees in 2020. Today, nearly 1 in 3 children living outside their countries of birth are child refugees; for adults, the proportion is less than 1 in 20.

Children Live Amid Conflict

Children are exposed to situations of terror and horror during the war – experiences that may leave enduring impacts on posttraumatic stress disorder. 

Severe losses and disruptions in their lives lead to high rates of depression and anxiety in war-affected children.

These impacts may be prolonged by exposure to further privations and violence in refugee situations.

Children Live Amid Conflict

Moral and spiritual impacts, The experience of indifference from the surrounding world, or, worse still, malevolence may cause children to suffer the loss of meaning in their construction of themselves in their world.

They may have to change their moral structure and lie, steal, and sell sex to survive.

They may have their moral structure forcibly dismantled and replaced in training to kill as part of a military force.

Violations Against Children

The six grave violations are: 

  • Killing and maiming of children. 
  • Recruitment and use of children by armed forces and armed groups. 
  • Sexual violence against children.
  • Attacks against schools or hospitals. 
  • Abduction of children.
  • Denial of humanitarian access for children.

Violations Against Children

How to Keep Children Safe 

There are many things you can do to keep your children safe.

  1. Spend lots of family time with your child, especially during a time of war. 
  2. Spend more time with your child by playing games, reading, or just holding your child close. 
  3. Limit the amount of news your child watches during a time of war.
  4. Turn off the TV or radio when war coverage is on.

Child Rights in Conflict Areas

In war and conflict zones, children lose their rights, even the simplest right to live that most children cannot get.

The parties to the conflict do not differentiate between children and others, so children cannot obtain their rights, such as good food, clean water, or breathing clean air.

How to Keep Children Safe 

Donate to Keep the Children Safe

You can donate and help children have an easier and better life, In Bonayan we receive donations to give children some of their rights like;

  1. Education.
  2. Med aid.
  3. Safe places to live.
  4. Good and healthy food. 

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FAQ

How are Children Affected During the War?

During wartime, children are exposed to terrifying and horrifying conditions, which can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder. In war-affected children, severe losses and disturbances in their life lead to high rates of sadness and anxiety.

How Does War Affect Mental Health?

People can be exposed to a variety of traumatic occurrences during a war. As a result, there’s a higher risk of acquiring mental health issues as an adult, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression, as well as inferior life outcomes.

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