Jordan marks the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Two children climb a fence in the zaatari camp
Two children climb a fence in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordan today joins the world in marking the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, which falls on June 4 of every year.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, the Higher Population Council called for mandating all countries to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflicts, in addition to covering children’s short- and long-term needs following armed conflicts, such as social re-integration, and psychological and social rehabilitation.

According to the Department of Statistics, there are 4.7 million children in Jordan (below 19 years of age), constituting more than 40 percent of the population. Of those, 30 percent are non-Jordanians, many of which are refugees from neighboring countries, according to the statement.

In a study conducted by UNICEF in 2018 on Syrian refugee children in Jordan, 45 percent of Syrian children under the age of five were found to be missing adequate healthcare services, such as vaccinations, while 38 percent of children were found to be out of school.

Some 16 percent of children up to the age of five have no birth certificates, according to the statement, while child labor and violence constitute the biggest challenge for children between the ages of six and seventeen.

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