(The Christian Science Monitor) – Within days of each other in August, two news items about children in conflicts caught the world’s attention. And each in a different way offered a reminder of why focusing on their plight in war is a necessary path to peace. One was the image of a five-year-old Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, sitting with a bedazzled look in an ambulance after being pulled from a house in Aleppo bombed by either a Syrian or Russian jet. The other item was about a suicide bomber, believed to be around 13 and trained by Islamic State (IS), who killed 51 people at a wedding in Turkey. Nearly half of those killed by the child soldier were children themselves.