(TheWorldPost) – Is it any wonder that we now call this “the year of fear” for millions of children across the world? The cries of a starving or distressed child are a harrowing enough sound. The screams of a child caught up in violent conflict are an altogether different matter. Girls and boys are increasingly being brutalized in clashes across the world, according to a shocking report released by the United Nations secretary-general on June 11. And now they have fewer places to run to — fewer places to hide — because the safe haven of a school is not as safe as it should be. Between 2009 and 2013 almost 10,000 schools were attacked or shut down because of conflict.