02 Mar '11, 1am

About 28 million children worldwide are kept out of school by armed conflict in their countries, Unesco said

About 28 million children worldwide are kept out of school by armed conflict in their countries, Unesco said

Pakistani children, who fled their villages with family members due to ongoing fighting between militants and security forces in the Pakistani tribal area of Bajur, play in the slums of Islamabad. -- PHOTO: AP DAKAR - ARMED conflict is keeping 28 million children around the world out of schools, where they are often targets of sexual abuse and violence, according to a report released on Tuesday by Unesco. The report titled The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict and Education said that 42 per cent of children not enrolled in schools around the world live in poor countries wracked by conflict. This often leads to a vicious cycle in which poverty and lack of development are reinforced by a lack of education, and the risk of further conflict is heightened as millions of youths fail to find employment. 'Armed conflict remains a major roadblock to human development in many parts of t...

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