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David Cameron: Protect children facing brutal wars and disasters

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Children are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before. Nine-year-old Safi (pictured) needed protection from violence when the conflict in Syria tore his life apart. His school in Latakia was attacked and as violence continued shrapnel hit his face and back. "Someone from our village was going to take me to the hospital, but it was too far away". His scars frighten other children, "they don't want to play with me" he says.

With one in ten children now living in conflict-affected areas and children making up half or more of those affected by natural disasters last year, the world needs to change how it responds to children in emergencies.

Whilst protecting children from violence is life-saving in emergencies, just like water, shelter and medicine, it isn’t prioritised in the same way. This needs to change.

In May 2016, the first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place and the UK Government must make protecting children from violence a priority in how we respond to emergencies. 

Ahead of the summit, David Cameron must show his leadership in making this a priority by committing to:

  • Protecting schools so that children can learn, play and escape the horrors of war, making sure that schools are never attacked or taken over for military use.
  • Protecting children from extreme violence, by tackling the use of child soldiers, explosive weapons in populated areas, sexual violence and other grave dangers.
  • Protecting children who are alone – whether forced from their homes or separated from their families by wars or disasters – and in danger of violence, abuse and exploitation.

After fleeing Syria, Safi and his family now live in a host community in Turkey. Safi dreams of becoming a doctor, so he can “help people who are affected by the war and save their lives.” To help millions of children facing violence right now, please sign the petition telling David Cameron to protect children in emergencies.

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