Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Children Killed Outnumber Soldiers in World's Conflicts, Agency Reports

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Children Killed Outnumber Soldiers in World's Conflicts, Agency Reports

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Children are even more likely than soldiers to be killed in wars, according to a report by the relief agency Save The Children. The group says 1.5 million children died in war zones in the past decade.

About 4 million other children were permanently injured by bombs, bullets, land mines, chemical weapons and machete attacks, said the report, released Wednesday.

"The new world order has proved to be a world of disorder for civilians, and particularly children," said Mike Aaronson, overseas director for Save The Children.

"Nine out of 10 casualties of war are civilians," he said. "Children are very often the main casualties - and they are indeed much more likely to be casualties of war than are soldiers."

Ten million children - one of every 200 worldwide - have been traumatized by the effects of war, 12 million have lost their homes and 5 million have been forced to live in refugee camps in the last decade, the report says.

It also says 1 million people have been killed by land mines, many of them children. …

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