Artist: My Dog Sighs


I was babysitting my five-year-old twin granddaughters and their seven-year-old brother this morning and thinking about the children of Ukraine who are being separated from their parents and friends, losing their homes, escaping with only the clothes on their backs, and/or being maimed and killed.

Here are some facts and figures gathered by Save the Children and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s’ Fund). These figures do not include the conflict in Ukraine but are representative of the effect of war on children although, I should add, as of March 2, 2022 more than 500,000 children have been forced to leave Ukraine.

  • One in six children live in an area of conflict as of 2016. This is an increase of 300% since 2010.
  • From 2005 – 2020 more than 104,000 children have been killed or maimed in conflicts.
  • 14,200 children were sexually assaulted in conflicts from 2005 – 2020. 97% of them were girls.
  • During that same time 25,700 children were abducted.
  • Again, from 2005 – 2020, there were 13,900 attacks of schools and medical facilities.
  • 93,000 children were recruited or forced into armed service from 2005 – 2020.

In addition to Ukraine, there are conflicts effecting Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and more.

Pray hard and give to the charity of your choice providing aid to the children of war. (ButterflyPAC, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF to name a few.)

Judge A.J. Wagner, Retired
Volunteer President and Co-Founder

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Around the World

An astounding 370 %

more people are experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger since last year.

A tragic 45 million

people are now at risk of famine.

53.7 million

Children face permanent physical and mental damage from hunger and malnutrition this year.


United States

More than 40 million

people in the U.S. will live in poverty in 2022.

13 million

children in the U.S. will face food insecurity in 2022.

Sadly, 60 million

people will make use of a food bank or food pantry in the U.S. this year.


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