As of March 29, 2021, more than 40 of the 510 civilians documented as killed amid the political unrest in Myanmar, are children. At least 10 of the 114 killed during the annual Armed Forces Day on March 27 were minors. Almost 1000 children are estimated to have been arbitrarily detained to date.
Children continue to be hurt or killed by the very forces meant to protect them, within homes and communities, where they should be safe. The brutality and traumatising scenes unfolding in their lives will leave deep psychological, physical and emotional scars which a lifetime may not heal. The use of intimidation, force, tear gas, rubber bullets and firepower by security forces against children and civilians is unacceptable. It must stop now.