Conflict’s Toll on Children

Iraqi children suffer higher rates of injuries—and not just from explosives and other war-related causes, according to a study published in Surgery.

The Numbers:

  • Violence causes 1 in 6 childhood injuries in Iraq (compared with 1 in 50 worldwide).
  • Falls, the most common cause of injury, accounted for 34% of all injuries; road crashes 22%.
  • 15% of injuries were directly caused by the conflict (gunshots, shrapnel, etc.).

Aid groups tend to focus on violent causes of injury during conflicts, said senior author Adam Kushner, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. But poor roads, less parental supervision and disrupted services associated with war also contribute.

Reuters

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