For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city…

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Russia warns US: regime change in Syria could lead to total chaos

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“Liquidating a regime will hardly facilitate successful progress in the fight against terrorism. It can make the region plunge (into) total chaos,” Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told reporters according to the TASS news agency.

The comments seemed to be in response to a “dissent channel cable” signed by 51 State Department officers in which they advise a Syria policy of military strikes against al-Assad’s government, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported.

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The lost generation: Children in conflict zones

The lack of education, coupled with a sense of despair and hopelessness creates the perfect conditions for the radicalisation of refugee children. Without education, refugee youth will not have the economic opportunities provided to children in areas not disturbed by conflict.

UNICEF reported an increasing trend of child recruitment to fight for parties to conflict, especially in Syria.

Children tired of working long hours in sweatshops for little pay tend to find the offer to fight at a salary of $400 a month particularly enticing.

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