A child soldier in Afghanistan. In 2020, the situation of children in armed conflict was marked by a sustained
high number of grave violations. The United Nations verified 26,425 grave violations, of which 23,946 were committed in 2020 and 2,479 were committed earlier but
verified only in 2020. The highest number of violations was the recruitment and use of 8,521 children.
(Photo by Robin Kirk) Photo used under CC BY