Save the Children: War is Redefining Childhood

Date: Feb 2018
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More than 15% of the world’s children live within 30 miles of a conflict zone. This is one of the key findings from a new report Save the Children is releasing.

In combination with the global report launch on Feb. 15, Save the Children is partnering with Dictionary.com on its 'Word of the Day,' sending out an SOS for the more than 357 million children who live in conflict zones around the world. Dictionary.com will also feature two quotes from Save the Children’s president and chief executive Carolyn Miles for their 'Quotes of the Day'.

Words like “home” and “playground” take on a different meaning for these kids. To illustrate this, Save the Children’s in-house creative team created a series of images highlighting the “re-definitions” of several words as if from the perspective of children living in conflict. What does it mean for a child when war changes their understanding of family or of school?

The report also includes rankings of the most dangerous countries for children in conflict. Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia top the list. An executive summary and full draft of the embargoed report can be found here.