(OSRSG-CAAC) – In her recent annual report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed conflict outlined the progress and challenges in protecting boys and girls from being used and abused by parties to conflict, while underlining the inextricable links between grave violations against children and trafficking and displacement. “Despite notable progress, in every conflict situation – from the Central African Republic to Iraq, Somalia and Yemen – children have been victims of grave violations,” SRSG Virginia Gamba highlighted.  “Boys and girls are continuously used and abused by parties to conflict – tortured, raped or forced to work; increasing joint efforts in addressing and preventing the use of children in armed conflict should be a priority,” she added.