STOP THE WAR ON CHILDREN
Seven-year-old Ismail* was on his way to school with his friends, when his school bus was hit by a bomb. Fifty people were killed. Forty of them were children.
There was no warning – no warning at all. Seven-year-old Ismail was travelling to school in Yemen when a bomb hit his bus. Fifty people were killed, forty of whom were children aged ten or younger.
The next thing Ismail remembers is waking up in hospital, and discovering he had shrapnel all over his body.
“I had a fragment next to my eye and a fragment in my leg. My foot is broken and fractured – twisted and broken near my toes. There’s [shrapnel] in my little toe.”
Ismail’s first thought was for his friends. “One of my friends was hit and died. Three more were injured.” Ismail was one of several children needing emergency medical care. Save the Children supported his hospital care, and we also supported children’s families, ensuring they had food and shelter.
Children should be protected in war, but Ismail wasn’t. “War is not good. Everybody dies in it,” he says. “I wish it could stop now.”
Can we count on you to Stop the War on Children now?
Yemen, where Ismail lives, is one of the countries where a war is being fought and children are being denied the protection that should be theirs by right. This is the war on children.
Around the world, as many as one child in five is living in an area affected by conflict.
Every day, bombs destroy children’s houses and schools. Their friends are shot and injured. Their families are killed. There isn’t anywhere they feel safe. Not at home. Not at school. Not on the streets where they used to play.
The targeting and use of children in conflict is always illegal. Under international law, there are measures in place to protect them, but too often these laws count for nothing. Unless our leaders understand that the public refuses to accept the war on children, we’ll continue to fail children.
That’s why we urgently need you to speak out today and Stop the War on Children. Together, we can protect the world's children from the horrors of conflict. Join our campaign now.
- World leaders must always uphold international laws to protect children in conflict
- Anyone who commits a war crime against children must be held to account
- Children in warzones need practical support on the ground – to protect and care for them, and to help them recover
*Name changed to protect identity