What is meant by conflicts and what is the development to date

Today more than ever the theme of wars and conflicts has become even more present in our lives. The war in Ukraine, geographically closer than others, has brought different consequences for our daily lives and for the country in which we live.

But unfortunately, the war in neighboring Ukraine, it is not the only one war that still today wounds, kills and destroys the future of thousands of girls, boys and their families.

What is meant by conflict? What are the differences in the present? Understanding the dynamics helps also to understand the consequences e therefore to pressure us to do something to be able to say stop to these injustices. Nothing is impossible if we strongly believe in it.

What is meant by conflict: definition

Conflicts are defined as violent clashes between two armed groups or attacks on civilians from one or more groups.

Conflicts, Covid-19 and the climate crisis represent three of them today’s biggest threats to achieve the goals of sustainable development. These three phenomena, from accelerators of inequality, can become a starting point for reflecting on the changes needed for our society and the world system to improve the condition of minors, wherever they are, and for the most vulnerable groups.

The contemporary conflict: what has changed

The nature of the conflicts has changed a lot over the centuries also due to a reduced capacity for multilateral governance of the same: the combat zones I am always larger and more urbanized, weapons are causing more and more widespread destruction, conflicts are more protracted and the proliferation of small arms facilitates the use of children as soldiers and increases urban violence even in “peaceful” contexts.

These changes have led to geographically widespread, complex and differentiated effects on the mental and physical health of girls and boys. Conflicts do not just kill and maimbut they leave children with severe physical and mental traumapreventing access to their right to childhood, socialization, play and education, undermining their development and, in the long run, their future and the future of the societies in which they will live.

In contemporary conflictsMoreover, We are witnessing more and more often the ban on humanitarian access for basic necessities. Girls and children who are denied access to food and basic necessities are at risk of suffering from malnutrition, chronic hunger or malnutrition, thus jeopardizing their lives and their future.

It is then added, in the areas affected by conflicts, the drastic reduction in the economic capacity of families after the sudden loss of assets, property and opportunities for remuneration and the increase in basic needs. All of this can then lead to drastic measures such as: child labor, sexual exploitation, drug trafficking, drug use, recruitment to armed groups or deployment in radicalization processes.

Education: a powerful means of protection

L ‘education and Welfare physical and mental of minors become secondary in conflictsbut school is one of those places where children feel protected, regain a sense of normalcy and build their future.
In conflict contextseducation is a powerful means of protection:

  • The school is a safe and supervised environment.
  • Continuous commitment to regular and structured activities, such as educational, restores stability and a sense of normalcy for children
  • Risk management is often included in training programs
  • Schooling represents an escape from various forms of exploitation

It seems impossible to put an end to conflictshowever, already in 1919, Eglantyne Jebb our founder he said these words who started a continuous work to combat all injustice against children around the world:

“As humans, it is impossible to see children starve without making any effort to save them.” Overcoming skepticism, indifference and hostility, his heartfelt appeal led to the first spontaneous donations to the creation of the first organization for the defense of children: thus Save the Child was born.

Today we continue his work: an event in Rome from 18 to 22 MayI AMPOSSIBLE2022 – to include the best knowledge, resources and energies from the political world, the economy and business, culture, the third sector and civil society; to enable what today does not seem to be.

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