Every year, hundreds of thousands of children are caught in conflicts around the world. Many are recruited as soldiers, or forced to become refugees. Some even suffer sexual violence, abuse, or are the victims of unexploded weapons and landmines.
Children are not responsible for war yet it claims their childhoods and often their lives. UNICEF is working around the world to help children who are suffering because of violence and conflict.
Boys stand behind barbed wire that forms a protective barrier around a camp for some 9,000 displaced people in the town of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The camp is protected by peacekeepers from the United Nations.
The country has been at the center of what has been termed Africa's world war. This has left it in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. The five-year conflict has seen government forces pitted against rebels.
UNICEF supports children in conflict by providing safe shelter, water and food.
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