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Why are so many children killed in wars?

| July 28, 2019

The United Nations' annual report on children and armed conflicts reveals record numbers of deaths and injuries.

Al Jazeera has obtained a copy of the United Nations' report annual report on children and armed conflicts in advance of its publication. It found evidence of more than 24,000 cases of children being killed, maimed or forced to become child soldiers last year. And it highlights the rising casualty rate in warzones such as Yemen where the Saudi-UAE coalition is fighting Houthi rebels. But despite condemning Israel for the deaths of Palestinian children, Israel is not on the report's blacklist of offenders. So what needs to be done to protect the lives of our children?

Presenter: Martine Dennis


  • Rami Khouri - Senior fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at American University of Beirut
  • Noha Aboueldahab - Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center
  • Simon Mabon - Senior lecturer in international studies at Lancaster University


Watch the full interview below: 

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For Academic Citation: Khouri, Rami.“Why are so many children killed in wars?.” Aljazeera, July 28, 2019.