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Save the Children’s founder uttered these unforgettable words almost one hundred years ago, when standing up for starving children in Germany and Austria following the First World War.

Now, more than at any time in the last two decades, we need to find that same strength to stop the suffering of the more than 357 million children affected by war – around 1 in 6 of the world’s children.

Whether killed or maimed, targeted for recruitment or sexual abuse, forced to flee or prevented from continuing education, the impacts of conflict on children’s lives are devastating and long-lasting. We risk losing generations of children to violence, destruction and displacement, psychological distress, and loss of education and development opportunities.Save the Children does whatever it takes – every day and in times of crisis – transforming and saving children’s lives. We won’t rest until every last child gets the change to grow up health and happy.

With your support we can deliver programmes to protect children in conflict and to rebuild shattered lives – like our Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) that provide children with a safe place to play and participate in activities, learn about their rights, and support their psychosocial well-being and resilience.

The following reports and video provide an overview of our work to Protect Children in Conflict:


NUR*, Rohingya

Nur* (11), takes part in activities at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space, in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Nur*, who has been deaf since birth, became separated from his parents after their village was attacked in Myanmar.

SAJA*, Iraq

Saja* (11) at a camp in Khanaqeen. Her family are among the 3.1 displaced people in Iraq. Due to armed conflict the family of eight, were forced to leave their home and flee.

MARIUM*, Rohingya

Marium* (11) and her sister fled Myanmar when their sole surviving parent, their father, died during the violence there. The sisters’ now live with their uncles family in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

RAZAN*, Yemen

Razan* (8) was seriously injured when she was hit by shrapnel during an airstrike, while fleeing the violence in Hodeidah with her family. Razan’s* eye remained untreated for five days as her family couldn’t afford the cost of transport to a hospital.

* Names changed to protect identities