UNICEF: Children with Disabilities

Posted on June 4, 2013

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The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with disabilities, UNICEF

With a contribution by the-Monitor Victim Assistance editorial team, the 2013 State of the World’s Children publication includes a focus on explosive remnants of war (ERW) and landmines. Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children.

ERW and landmine incidents affect children differently than they do adults, whether they are directly killed or injured, or become victims as a result of the death or injury of family and community members.

Child survivors who are injured have specific needs that must be taken into consideration, in terms of both physical rescue and rehabilitation and social and economic reintegration. Smaller than adults, children are more likely to die or suffer serious injuries from a blast, including severe burns, shrapnel wounds, damaged limbs and other injuries that can lead to blindness or deafness. Their height means that their vital organs are closer to the detonation, and children have a lower threshold for substantial blood loss than adults.

To read the focus article, click here.

To download the full report as a PDF file, click here.

For other resources related to children and victim assistance see: Landmines/ERW & Children

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