Tomas, 11, sits on a gurney as medics work to stabilize him at a field clinic in Mosul, Iraq. He was pulled from the rubble of a suspected airstrike. He was transferred to a hospital in Hamam al-Alil.
During the last years, the number of children whose lives have been disrupted by war, oppression, terror, and other forms of conflict has grown tremendously.
They are confronted with physical harm, violence, danger, exploitation, fear and loss. Many children are forced to flee. Some witness the death of loved ones. Some are forced to pull the trigger themselves. Communities are ripped apart and can no longer provide a secure environment for children. Adults are busy surviving, parents have little time for their children. Schools and playgrounds are damaged or taken over by armed groups.
As a consequence of conflict, children and young people can lose their confidence, their trust in others and their trust in the future. They often become anxious, depressed and withdrawn, or rebellious and aggressive.
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