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<p><strong>Abuja, 26 November</strong> The report says conflict in the region has escalated over the past five years, with more than 21,000 children being recruited by government forces and armed groups.  In addition, more than 2,200 children have been sexually abused in the region since 2016.  The report states that more than 3,500 children have been abducted, making it the second largest abduction zone in the world.</p>    <div class="big_center_img" data-cl-cnt="0" data-cnt-t="0" data-gal-src="https://hindi.oneindia.com/img/2021/11/42558783-303-1637916731.jpg"> <div> <figure><img data-pagespeed-lazy-src="https://hindi.oneindia.com/img/2021/11/x42558783-303-1637916731.jpg.pagespeed.ic.qMAbu4ehzZ.jpg" class="image_listical c2" alt="West Africa has the highest number of child soldiers" title="West Africa has the highest number of child soldiers" data-cl-slideshow="" data-cl-title = "West Africa has the highest number of child soldiers" data-cl-description = "" data-cl-imageid = "650410-0"" src="/img/loading.gif" onload="pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);" onerror="this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);"/></figure> </div> </div> <p>According to Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF's Regional Director for West and Central Africa, "the numbers and trends for current and future generations of children are of great concern."  There have been serious violations against child victims of abuse, but we have also seen this.  One leap in the last five years, there has been a 50 percent increase in the total number of proven serious violations. "</p>   <h3><strong>A shocking report</strong></h3> <p>The United Nations has had a system in place since 2005 to compile reports of child abuse.  Reports of abuse include recruitment of child soldiers, abduction of children, attacks on schools and hospitals, and sexual abuse.  According to UNICEF, one in four children currently being exploited worldwide is from Central or West Africa.</p> <p>The United Nations says violence in conflict-affected countries such as Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Mali, Mauritania and Niger has devastating humanitarian consequences for children and communities.  The situation has worsened with the epidemic.  According to the report, 57 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and the number of such children has doubled this year as compared to last year due to constant struggle.</p> <p>According to the United Nations, armed conflict has been going on in some countries for more than a decade, but three new areas remain a matter of concern.  In Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Chad, children are being forced into conflict.</p>   <p>AA / CK (AP)</p>  <p>Source: <a href="https://www.dw.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DW</a></p>     <div class="city-article-list-wrap">  <div class="city-article-lists clearfix"> <ul> <li> <div class="city-article-thumbimg"><a href="https://hindi.oneindia.com/news/international/global-hunger-index-2021-india-slipped-to-101-ranked-while-pakistan-nepal-bangladesh-perform-good-643882.html?ref_source=articlepage-Slot1-7&ref_medium=dsktp&ref_campaign=similar-topic-slider"><img data-pagespeed-lazy-src="https://hindi.oneindia.com/img/175x85x98/2021/05/xworldhunger-1622186322.jpg.pagespeed.ic.dO9ca_dq5Q.jpg" alt="" src="/img/loading.gif" onload="pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);" onerror="this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);"/></a></div> <div class="city-article-title"><a 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