Major Setbacks for the Protection of Children, States First UN Report on Children and Armed Conflict in South Sudan
December 30, 2014
(OSRSG-CAAC) - The conflict that started a year ago in South Sudan has brought about major setbacks for the protection of children, concludes the first report on children and armed conflict in South Sudan published today by the United Nations Secretary-General.
A devastating year for children: Column
December 27, 2014
(USA Today) - Caryl M. Stern, the president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, writes a column recalling statistics that depict 2014 as the most devastating year for children. “With so many different crises putting children at risk around world — many of them internal, and prolonged, and often only rarely grabbing news headlines — sometimes we stop paying attention. The barrage of ghastly statistics can have a numbing effect. But we must pay attention. We all need to stay informed, and stay involved.”
The Child Soldiers Who Escaped Islamic State
December 26, 2014
(The Wall Street Journal) – Jomah, a 17-year-old Syrian who joined Islamic State last year, sat in a circle of trainees for a lesson in beheading, a course taught to boys as young as 8. Teachers brought in three frightened Syrian soldiers, who were jeered and forced to their knees. “It was like learning to chop an onion,” Jomah said. “You grab him by the forehead and then slowly slice across the neck.”
Fear and Want: Children Living in Crisis in South Sudan
December 23, 2014
(World Vision-South Sudan) – On 15 December 2014, World Vision-South Sudan released a report capturing experience of more than 160 children currently living in South Sudan’s conflict.
Child soldiers in Central African Republic more than doubled, says charity
December 18, 2014
(The Guardian) - The number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has more than doubled – and possibly quadrupled – since sectarian conflict erupted last year, putting them at risk of long-term psychological damage, Save the Children warns.
New International Guidelines Address an Insidious Gap in Protecting Education during War
December 16, 2014
(GCPEA) - As the world learned of the horrific attack by the Taliban on a school in Pakistan today, killing at least 145 people including some 100 students, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) called on government armed forces and non-state armed groups to refrain from using education facilities for military purposes in accordance with the new Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, unveiled today at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Strongly Condemns Horrific Peshawar School Attack
December 16, 2014
(OSRSG-CAAC) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, strongly condemns the horrific attack against the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan. According to local media, over 125 people died, including at least 100 children in the deadliest terror attack on Pakistani soil in years.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan
December 16, 2014
(UNICEF) - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.
People of South Sudan living in ‘tinderbox’ after year of conflict, warns UN rights chief
December 15, 2014
(UN News Centre) - Highlighting the “dreadful” situation of civilians in South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned today that there are deeply worrying indications that fighting would intensify now that the dry season had begun, and urged all parties to practice restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue and work to restore calm. “The people of South Sudan are living in a tinderbox, with emotions high, an abundant flow of weapons and with both sides recruiting fighters, often forcefully and including children,” Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued to draw global attention to the increasingly desperate living conditions for the country’s people after a year of conflict.
Child’s Play at War in South Sudan
December 14, 2014
(New York Times) - The filmmaker Andrew Berends traveled to Sudan last year to document the lingering effects of Sudan’s civil war. Although South Sudan was declared an independent country in 2011, the fighting continues. He met three girls – Madina, Howa and Aziza –at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan. He featured them, along with clay figures that they had sculpted by hand, in this short film he made for the Times Opinion section’s Op Doc Series. In it the girls use home-made figures to illustrate what they and their fellow refugees endured during the conflict.