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The 13th February is Children’s Day in Burma, a day which should secure the safety of all children in the country. However, this year at 10AM, shells from ongoing fighting that was happening three kilometres away hit a school in Buthidaung Township, Rakhine State.
The nearby fighting was between Tatmadaw, Burmese armed forces, and the Arakan Army, the largest insurgent group in Rakhine State.
The shells injured at least 20 children with five students being sent to the hospital and one girl being seriously injured. The rest were suffering mostly from injuries to their hands and knees.
The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) highlights the lack of emphasis on the respect for the Convention of the Rights of a Child, which all should adhere to. They stress how children are extremely vulnerable and ‘often neglected and subjected to both physical and psychological abuses.’
Read KHRG’s full press release here: https://khrg.org/2020/02/least-twenty-children-are-injured-shelling-school-myanmars-rakhine-state-20th-february-2020