At least four children killed as Myanmar conflict escalates – global issue

On Saturday, the body of a 13-year-old boy was found in Matupi, Chin State, while a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were wounded by heavy weapons in Legu, Kayah State, after intense airstrikes. and mortar attacks.

On the same day, a 7-year-old girl was injured by heavy weapons fire in Hpa-an, Kayin State.

On January 7, a 14-year-old and two 17-year-old boys were shot dead in the town of Dawei, Tanindayi state. On 5 January, two young girls, aged 1 and 4, were injured in artillery fire in Namkan, Shan State.

international humanitarian law

in a statement, UNICEF Regional director Debora Comini said the agency was “gravely concerned” by the escalating conflict and condemned the reported use of airstrikes and heavy weapons in civilian areas.

UNICEF is also particularly outraged by attacks on children across the country.

“The protection of children must be a top priority for all parties to the conflict, and all necessary measures must be taken to ensure that children are kept out of combat and communities are not targeted,” Ms Comini said.

According to her, this protection is a matter of international humanitarian law and Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Myanmar is a signatory.

Looking back at other recent incidents, UNICEF called for urgent action to ensure an independent investigation to hold those responsible to account.

unprecedented crisis

Overall, the people of Myanmar are facing an unprecedented political, socio-economic, human rights and humanitarian crisis, with needs escalating sharply since the military takeover, Coronavirus disease The third wave.

According to the United NationsOverview of Humanitarian NeedsPublished by DecemberOCHA, the upheaval is expected to push nearly half the population into poverty by 2022, erasing impressive gains since 2005.

The situation has been worsening since the beginning of the year, whenmilitary take overcountry, to overthrow the elected government.It is now estimated that14 of the 15 states and territories are within the critical threshold for acute malnutrition.

The analysis predicts that 14.4 million people, about a quarter of the population, will need some form of aid next year. This figure includes 6.9 million men, 7.5 million women and 5 million children.