UN press office reports that last year, more than 12,000 children deceased or sustained severe injuries as they were involved in two dozens of military conflicts.
Kids are still being used in hostilities in Somalia, Nigeria and Syria. Over 7,000 minors were involved in military action during the previous year. Children are abducted for use in combat or sexual violence. Over half of 2,500 documented cases were registered in Somalia, the report says.
Some 933 cases of sex abuse were recorded; however, the number may be lowered due to lack of access to information and the victims' fear of repressions.
The overall number of attacks on schools and hospitals decreased, but in certain locations like Afghanistan and Syria, this number actually increased.
In Mali, children face the toughest difficulties in terms of accessing education facilities; 244,000 of them could not go to schools when 827 establishments were closed by the end of that year in this country.
At that, the number of children rescued from combat zones increased from 12,000 in 2017 to 13,600 in 2018.