Crises are creating unprecedented challenges for children

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A UN peacekeeper with the African UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is approached by playful children inside Abu Shouk Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp during his routine patrol. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Though we continue to see progress to better protect children, new crises are rapidly overshadowing these gains, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Leila Zerrougui was speaking on Monday at a Security Council debate to discuss the Secretary-General's latest report on children and armed conflict.

Ms Zerrougui stressed that she is appalled by the total disregard for human life shown by extremist armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

She also focused on the situation of children in recent conflicts such as in Gaza and South Sudan, saying children in these and other conflicts are paying a high price.

Children are the future of society. Longstanding peace will never be achieved without giving children the means, skills, and education to re-build a society and institutions torn by armed conflict. (0'15")

Ms. Zerrougui added that the international community must make better use of the tools they have to ensure that perpetrators face prosecution.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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