Published: 2019-02-15 12:49
Last Updated: 2019-02-15 13:32
Save the Children published a report on Friday revealed that more than 100,000 babies in war-stricken countries.
According to the NGO report, at least 550,000 infants died between 2013 and 2017 in 10 of the hardest hit countries by wars due to hunger, poor hygiene, lack of health care or denial of aid. The report added that it is likely that more 870 thousand infants and children have died as a result.
The hardest stricken 10 countries cited are Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Mali, Nigeria and Somalia.
By comparison, the number of combatants killed in these 10 countries between 2013 and 2017 was about 175,000 fighters, which is a third of the number of infants who died during this period, according to the report.
Helly Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark, said in a statement, “Our analysis clearly shows the situation is getting worse for children and the world is allowing this travesty to happen. Every day, children come under attack because armed groups and military forces disregard international laws and treaties. From the use of chemical weapons to rape as a weapon of war, war crimes are being committed with impunity."
She added that, “It is shocking that in the twenty-first century we are going backwards on principles and moral standards that are so simple – children and civilians should never be targeted.”