(OSRSG-CAAC) – Increasing insecurity in Mali’s northern and central regions, along with the slow implementation of the peace agreement, have created an environment ripe for grave child rights violations. This is the conclusion of the second report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Mali, published today and covering the period from January 2014 to June 2017. The report documents how boys and girls have been recruited and used by armed groups, killed, maimed, victims of sexual violence, and other grave violations.