Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2016

PRIO Policy Brief

Bahgat, Karim; Kendra Dupuy; Gudrun Østby; Siri Aas Rustad; Håvard Strand & Tore Wig (2018) Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2016, Conflict Trends, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

​This policy brief represents the first attempt to map the number of children living in conflict settings around the world. More than half of the world’s children live in a conflict-ridden country, and more worryingly, one in six children lives very close to a conflict zone – that is, less than 50 km from where the actual fighting takes place. However, we lack sufficient data to tell us much about how these children are impacted by conflict. More resources should be invested in collecting and managing systematic data on the various ways in which these children are directly affected by armed conflict, such as through killing and maiming, child soldier recruitment, and sexual exploitation.

Authors

Karim Bahgat

Karim Bahgat

Research Assistant

Kendra Dupuy

Kendra Dupuy

Senior Researcher; Desk Editor, Journal of Peace Research

Gudrun Østby

Gudrun Østby

Senior Researcher, Editor - Journal of Peace Research

Siri Aas Rustad

Siri Aas Rustad

Senior Researcher

Håvard Strand

Håvard Strand

Senior Researcher

Tore Wig

Tore Wig

Senior Researcher