415 million children worldwide are living in a conflict zone shows new Save the Children Report

Thursday 13 February 2020

‘Stop the War on Children 2020: Gender Matters’,  has been released today 13th February as world leaders gather for the Munich Security Conference.    

Our third annual report on the impact of conflict on children across the globe, has revealed shocking trends in the threats to the safety and wellbeing of children living in areas impacted by conflict. The report this year also explores how boys and girls are impacted by conflict in different ways. This most comprehensive collection of data on children living in conflict-affected areas shows that:

  • Nine in ten child victims of sexual violence are girls
  • Boys are more often killed or maimed, abducted or recruited by armed groupsBoys are more likely to be killed in direct warfare, if girls are killed or badly injured it is more likely to be a result of indiscriminate explosive weapons
  • Wars and conflicts are intensifying and becoming increasingly dangerous for children. Whilst fewer children are living in conflict-affected areas compared to last year, those who do face the greatest risk of falling victim to serious violence since systematic records began. Since 2010, the number of children living in conflict zones has increased by 34%. At the same time, the number of verified incidents of grave violations against children have risen by 170%
  • 415 million children worldwide are living in a conflict zone, including 149 million children living in high-intensity conflict zones where more than 1,000 battle-related deaths occur in a year. Overall, the number of children living in conflict zones is highest in Africa, with 170 million in total. Proportionately, the Middle East has the highest share with almost 1 out of 3 children in the region living in conflict zones
  • While there is no doubt that children engage in a variety of activities in humanitarian response design as well as in building and sustaining peace, their voices are not sufficiently heard, and their potential remains both under-recognised and underfunded.