Whether it’s tension in the Middle East, civil war in Syria or tribal-based conflict in Africa, war is a sad reality of life for countless men, women and children around the globe. For many North Americans, news of such conflict touches us only indirectly — when we read the morning paper or watch the nightly news. But ours is a global village. And chances are that some of the children you interact with may overhear – or be involved in — discussions at home about war, because of close familial ties to those distant lands.
War is scary for kids. It’s also harmful. Little ones are highly susceptible to the devastating effects of violence, effects that can linger long after the violence ends.
The good news is, the 2012 Global Peace Index has found that the world became “slightly more peaceful” over the last year. The GPI ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of peace — like levels of democracy, education and material well-being. The Index is composed of 23 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighboring countries and the level of respect for human rights.
World Vision has several reports exploring the issue of peace and conflict, from armed violence in East Africa, to the progress being made on the impact of small arms on the lives of children.
The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict includes recent news, data, reports and video clips, as well as information on what’s being done to help the little ones around the world who are often the primary victims of armed conflict.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
– Song lyrics by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson