“Every war is a war against children.” – Eglantyne Jebb
We all yearn to return to our childhoods because those are the times when we have the happiest memories. However, it is not the same for the millions of other children who lost their devoted parents as a result of the war.
As someone who once lived among children, I believe the fact that kids need the love, compassion, and care of adults. Due to the emotional scarring caused by the loss of their parents, their attachments are frequently disrupted during times of war.
To bring light to these unfortunate individuals, the 6th of January of each year is designated as World War Orphans Day. The day’s purpose is to raise awareness of the plight of war orphans as well as the emotional, social, and physical challenges that young people face as they grow up.
It is our duty as human beings to learn about those who suffer because of the greed that the leaders have for power. Keep yourself informed on some of the crucial facts of how war affects people as it is one way to observe the World Day for War Orphans. Here are a few points:
- From about half in the early 20th century to almost 90% by the 1980s, the number of civilians killed in war has been rising steadily over time.
- According to statistics, there were over 140 million orphans worldwide in 2015, with 61 million of them living in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America, and more than 7 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- There are 200 million children living in high intensity conflict areas around the world, including genocide, war, and violence.
- According to statistics, 1 in 6 children worldwide are impacted by armed conflict.
By raising awareness, we can improve the lives of the children who are left to fend for themselves in a society where this is the norm. When it comes to anything, war is not an option; rather, it serves as a justification for murder.
It is sad that children have to endure suffering as a result of the choices made by adults. People should be more thoughtful and informed about various issues in the world because doing so is one of your responsibilities as a member of society.
On this day, let’s all take a moment to consider these poor souls and do what we can to help them. I’ll end with a line from a well-known Michael Jackson song: “If you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me.”