Quick 5: Children Affected by Armed Conflict in the News

Dustin Johnson

September 01, 2023

By: Dustin Johnson

Read some of the top stories we are following around the world this week.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram conflict: Huge rise in child ‘human bombs’

There has been a significant increase in the number of children used as human bombs by Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria, the United Nations says.

BBC News, August 22nd

An education in terror

Mutassim is nervous. The 16-year-old has never flown in a plane before. He is looking around at the other passengers waiting at the departure gate in Athens airport.

BBC News, August

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi Coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Top U.N. advisor to recommend coalition should be put on the black list of countries that kill and maim children in war.

Foreign Policy, August 16th

Hungary PM Viktor Orban aims to militarize the school system

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is moving to introduce compulsory military training in schools. It is a grim reminder of the country’s totalitarian past that has raised fears of ‘idealogical indoctrination.’

Deutsche Welle, August 14th

Researchers find significantly higher rate of mental disorders among first responders

Results from Canada’s first national survey looking at operational stress injuries among first responders such as police, paramedics, firefighters and 911 operators suggest they are much more likely to develop a mental disorder than the general population.

CBC News, August 30th