Facts about war and conflict
- One in 10 children now live in conflict-affected areas (an estimated 230 million children)
- In South Sudan, around 13,000 children have been recruited and are being used by all sides of the conflict, putting their lives at risk and changing their futures forever
- In Syria, one in five school children are forced to cross lines of fire just to take their exams
- In Yemen, at least 466 children have been killed since the conflict intensified this year – more than four times the number of children killed during the whole of 2014.
What does Unicef help children during conflict?
Our Children’s Emergency Fund means that we can respond quickly to help keep children safe when a conflict breaks out. Unicef staff provide life-saving food, clean water, medicines, protection and psychological support to children whose lives have been devastated by the effects of war and conflict. In 2014, we supported more than 8,000 boys and girls released from armed groups, helping them reintegrate back into their communities.
But we need your help to continue to be there for children in conflict emergencies.