Undercurrents: Protecting Children in Conflict

Ben and Agnes speak to participants at the See Me Safe Centenary Symposium, where experts and campaigners discuss how to protect children living through conflict.

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Published 30 May 2019 Updated 5 October 2020 46 minute listen

Every sixth child on earth is now affected by armed conflict. The nature of warfare is changing – with devastating impact on children. At the See Me Safe Centenary Symposium, organised by Save the Children and Chatham House, experts and campaigners discuss how to protect children living through conflict.

In this episode Ben and Agnes speak to three participants at the event to find out more. Kirsty McNeill provides an overview of the scale of the challenges facing children in war. Abdulkarim Albrem explains how the international community can do more to improve the lives of child refugees, drawing on his own experiences of the Syrian civil war. Shaheed Fatima QC assesses the current state of international law regarding the protection of children in conflict and suggests some improvements.

Read the Save the Children report: Stop the War on Children: Protecting Children in 21st Century Conflict

Credits: Sound Editor: Jamie Reed. Recorded at Church House, Westminster Produced at Chatham House.

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