Focus on children as victims of war

Francois Le Goff

Overseas aid charity War Child has launched a report that draws attention to the long-lasting effects of war on children.

The report, Your War Is Not With Me, coincided with the International Day of Innocent Children, Victims of Aggression and included a call from British schoolchildren urging the Government to help rebuild children's lives in post-conflict zones.

The charity collected the views of children in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and then went to three UK schools to find out what action young people thought governments and charities should be taking.

The report argues that peace agreements should include measures to help children deal with the effects of war, such as family break-ups. It cites divorce rates in Mostar in Bosnia, which are 2,000 per cent of pre-war levels.

War Child will also use the report to develop its school programme, which is supported by the Secondary Heads Association.

- See Newsmaker, page 21.

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