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Pushed to the brink: War, disaster, lost rights challenge kids worldwide

From a rollback of basic rights in the United States to the killing fields of Ukraine and the earthquake zones of Turkey and Syria, children struggle in an often indifferent world.

Earthquake debris in northwest Syria
Earthquake debris in northwest Syria (AN/Khalil Ashawi/Save the Children)

In a world that can be cruel even to the fit and strong, our present era of wars, climate change, eroding human rights and historic natural disasters is especially perilous for the young, in countries rich and poor.

The children of Ukraine are being killed, brutalized and even kidnapped by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion forces. In Turkey and Syria hundreds of thousands of children remain homeless after last month’s devastating earthquakes.

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