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Updated On: Sunday, November 19 2017

Children in Armed Conflict

Content by: South-South News

1 November 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council today (31 Oct) that children around the world “suffering enormously and unacceptably” by conflict is a source of “global shame.”

At a Council meeting discussing the Secretary-General’s report on children in armed conflict, Guterres said the period covered by the report revealed an alarming level of violations. He noted that the period witnessed the most child casualties ever recorded by the United Nations in Afghanistan, a doubling of verified cases of recruitment and use of children in Syria and Somalia, and widespread sexual violence against children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan.

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba expressed her belief that every generation has its “most acute shame” when it comes to armed conflict adding, “what we have inflicted upon children in war zones will be our disgrace.”

Gamba underlined the importance of prioritising accountability and ending impunity to break the cycles of violence and aid prevention efforts. She said the international community can all work to strengthen its support for justice systems by allocating sufficient resources to the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children.

Also addressing the Council was Mubin Shaikh, who previously went through a radicalization period of six years as a teenager. Shaikh turned away from extremism after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and, following a period of deradicalization, began working with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's "Integrated National Security Enforcement Team" as an undercover operative.

Storyline by: Unifeed

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