According to recent research, the number of children living in active war zones has risen by 9% to total 230 million children. This figure is expected to rise significantly due to the war in Ukraine.
In fact, the war in Ukraine cannot go un-mentioned as we look ahead to 2023. Not only has this deadly conflict cost thousands of young lives in Ukraine, it has also had a global impact - seen in everything from food shortages to soaring inflation - forcing other major conflict-affected countries to significantly reduce their humanitarian budgets.
This has resulted in what we call the “forgotten conflicts” - in other words: the forgotten children. Meanwhile, the ongoing effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to hit these same children the hardest.