Save the Children, Britain’s leading international children’s charity, issued a report on Monday calling for protection for the roughly 13 million children forced from their homes by war.
“These are some of the most vulnerable children in the world, exposed to violence, mutilation and separation from their families,” the charity said in “War Brought Us Here,” a report documenting the experience of displaced children in Colombia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Kosovo.
Children displaced by war are usually left stranded for at least six years, according to the report. During this time they are often at the mercy of the people who displaced them in the first place.
The report — directed at governments, militias and the United Nations — calls for an end to the systematic targeting of children in armed conflict.
“Providing protection for internally displaced children is a global responsibility,” Save the Children director general Mike Aaronson said. “Children don’t get a second chance at childhood.”
The report is being published as part of Save the Children’s “Forgotten Children Campaign.”