More than 420 million children live in conflict zones, according to a new study. Humanitarian groups have called on countries to do more to preserve childhood, including providing assistance and much-needed funds.
Save the Children on Tuesday said 24 million children are in need of psychological assistance due to trauma sustained from conflicts.
NGOs are pushing governments to do more to safeguard childhood as the number of children living in conflict zones hits 420 million around the world.
Susanna Krüger, chairwoman of Save the Children in Germany, said:
Which countries are worst affected?
What can states do to protect children?
Save the Children has put forward several recommendations, including "upholding standards of conduct in conflict" and "holding perpetrators of violations to account."
In concrete terms, it means implementing a "straight 18" rule for recruiting youth into armed forces and ensuring displaced children have access to quality education within months.
What happens next?
Save the Children and other NGOs are hoping to build pressure ahead of the UN General Assembly later this month.
ls/rt (KNA, AFP, dpa)