One in every nine children is raised in a conflict zone, according to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday. Two hundred and fifty million young people are living in warzones and with the number of people fleeing these regions at its highest since World War II, every second refugee is a child.
In 2015 alone, some 75 million children were born into conflict zones, said the report. What complicates matters, the UN agency said, is that on top of the risks to health and safety, regional violence blocks access to education.
The 1,200 schools destroyed and 600 teachers killed by Islamist extremists Boko Haram in Nigeria is just the tip of the iceberg. Every day, the report said, an average of four schools are targeted by violent attacks.
This has led to a staggering 75 million children between the ages of three and 18 without access to kindergarten or school.