Attacks on schools during conflict on the increase

An increasing number of schools and hospitals are being attacked in countries where there is conflict, according to a new UN report.

Radhika Coomaraswamy

The annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, reveals that attacks on schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15 of the 22 conflicts being monitored.

It’s recommending that the Security Council add groups that target schools to the “list of shame”. It already includes groups that recruit or use child soldiers, kill or maim children or commit acts of sexual violence against them.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said schools are being targeted for many reasons:

“Schools are attacked for recruiting children; schools are attacked because people don’t want girls’ education; or teachers and others have also been attacked – so basically we are worried about this increasing trend in the attacks on schools so we are asking for its protection. As you know, it’s against international humanitarian law to attack schools and hospitals in conflict.”

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