Five countries highlighted for "grave violations" against children

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Children in dusty, ragged clothing passing the time in a camp for displaced persons in Khartoum, Sudan. Credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant

Five countries have been highlighted in a United Nations report as the setting for "grave violations" against children.

The Secretary-General's annual report on children and armed conflict emphasize incidents in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, as well as Nigeria and Iraq.

The report lists armed groups and armed forces that kill or injure children or that recruit young people to fight in conflict situations.

Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict presented the report in New York on Tuesday.

“In 2013, three major crises: South Sudan, CAR and ongoing conflict in Syria. The violence continues still in the three countries in 2014. There were also peaks of violence in Iraq and Nigeria in 2013. The situation has gotten even worse in 2014.”  (25″)

The report details a total of 23 conflict situations around the world.

It documents cases of children recruited and used in seven national armies and 50 armed groups.

The extremist group Boko Haram is included as a new party on the list.

It is cited for killing and maiming children, as well as for attacks against schools and hospitals.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

Duration:  1’28″


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