One of our go-to newsletters for information on child welfare is the very excellent CRIN Wire, produced by the Child Rights International Network, whose website is also thought provoking and informative.

Usually we read the articles they share and tend to feel a little heavier for it, but this week’s mail took our breath away. As we were reading the summaries for each item, the sheer number of children who had been killed, recruited for war or exposed to its impact left us in disbelief.

Here are some of the statistics:

  • In South Sudan, 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016. The total number of children used in conflict since 2013 is now more than 17,000.
  • In Yemen, the UN estimates that nearly 1,400 children have been killed and at least 2,140 injured with actual numbers likely to be “much higher”.
  • In Syria, it is believed that 300,000 children remain trapped, with more than two million children living in areas that are extremely difficult to reach due to the fighting taking place
  • In Iraq,  UNICEF believes that more than 50,000 children have been affected by the Mosul military operation and associated conflicts. These children need basic services, psychosocial support and access to education.
  • UNICEF claims that more than 90 per cent of children reaching Italy’s shores are separated or unaccompanied. It estimates that in 2016, around 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived in Italy.

We don’t think we need to say anything else.