Children in conflict zones
Conflicts can have an enormous impact on children’s rights. Conflict over natural resources can often coincide with the use of child soldiers, and with child labour to extract the resources needed to finance hostilities. Companies sourcing natural resources from conflict-torn countries can therefore indirectly finance these activities. Private security and military companies have also been known to use child soldiers.
Financing or otherwise facilitating conflict also impacts children as victims and as a particularly vulnerable group. Consequences of conflict such as children getting killed and injured, displacement, loss of family members, trauma, environmental contamination and shortage of food can have significant effects on children’s long-term development and health.
For more on the role of business in conflict and peace-building, see the Resource Centre’s “Business, Conflict & Peace Portal”.
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Author: Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)
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