UNICEF 'backpack graveyard' for kids killed in war

Installation for UN General Assembly

09 September, 18:07

    Thousands of blue backpacks in the UN gardens in New York to draw attention to the number of children killed in war Thousands of blue backpacks in the UN gardens in New York to draw attention to the number of children killed in war

    ROME - Thousands of blue backpacks have been placed in the UN gardens in New York to draw attention to the number of children killed in war.

    UNICEF organised the move to remind world leaders, who will in the coming days take part in the General Assembly, of the ongoing massacre of the young.

    UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore noted that ''UNICEF backpacks have always been a symbol of hope and childhood possibility. In just two weeks, world leaders gathering at the UN General Assembly will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This installation should remind them of the stakes.''

    Once the September 10 installation is taken down, the 3,758 backpacks will go to children returning to school throughout the world.

    According to the latest data available, in 2018 over 12,000 children were killed or mutilated in conflict zones. This is the highest number ever since the UN began keeping track. Experts say that the real number is higher, since many cases are never reported.

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