Somali children are increasingly caught up in country’s 20 year conflict

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 20 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4631
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Children in Somalia are experiencing horrific physical and psychological trauma as a result of intensified conflict, severe drought, and restrictions on aid, a new report says.

Amnesty International’s report paints a picture of constant danger and fear for children in the failed east African state, which along with the United States is the only member of the United Nations not to have ratified the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Youngsters under 18 years old, who make up about half the population of 9.1 million, are being injured in bomb attacks …

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