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55 thousand crimes against children in Africa within 5 years

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In the past five years, conflict areas in Africa have witnessed “55,000 serious crimes” against children, according to a report published by the British “Save the Children” Friday.

The report was published by the organization before the African Union heads of state and government summit on February 9 and 10.

The report stated that despite the promises of African leaders to end the clashes on the continent, tens of thousands of children have been killed, maimed or sexually assaulted in the past five years.

He explained that the number of dead and injured children exceeded 11,000, while more than 24,000 children were recruited or exploited by armed groups.

He added that approximately 4,600 children were sexually assaulted during the same period, according to the report.

He stressed that 3,500 schools and hospitals have been targeted in the past five years.

In its report, the organization called on the African Union and its member states to take stronger steps to protect children.

Save the Children is a British NGO working to defend children’s rights around the world.

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