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. Forty children were killed.
There was no warning – no warning at all. Seven year-old Ismail was travelling to school in Yemen when a bomb hit his bus. Forty children were killed, all of them 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,” he says. “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 provided funding for hospital treatment, and we also supported their 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.”
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In Yemen, where Ismail lives, we are seeing the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis take place. Children are constantly being harmed in conflict, denied the protection that should be theirs by right. This is a war on children.
Around the world, one child in five is living in an area affected by conflict.
Every day, bombs destroy children’s houses, hospitals and schools. Their friends are shot and injured. Their families are killed. For these children, there isn’t anywhere they feel safe. Not at home. Not at school. Not on the streets where they used to play. Not even in hospital.
The targeting and use of children in conflict is always illegal. Under international law, there are rules in place to protect them from harm, 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 an entire generation.
Together we can build a global movement of millions to stand with the millions of children in danger. By calling for change from governments, and by supporting Save the Children’s recovery programmes helping children on the ground, we can make a practical difference to children’s lives in war zones.
That’s why we urgently need you to speak out today and #STOPTHEWARONCHILDREN. Together, we can help protect the world's children from the horrors of conflict. Join our campaign now.
- World leaders must always uphold international law to protect children in conflict
- Anyone who commits a war crime against children must be held accountable
- Children in warzones need practical support on the ground to protect and care for them, and to help them recover
We must #STOPTHEWARONCHILDREN.