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UN: UNICEF exhibits backpack mock graveyard

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September 12, 2019 at 04:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

A UNICEF exhibition of backpacks representing the headstones of dead children in conflict was visited by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres near the UN headquarters on Wednesday.

The installation, which consists of 3,758 school backpacks arranged in rows, aims to be a wake-up call to world leaders to ensure greater protection of children living in conflict, and tries to illustrate the scale of young lives lost.

According to the 2019 Secretary-General Annual Report on children and armed conflict, more than 12.000 children have lost their lives in ongoing conflicts due to airstrikes, landmines and cluster munitions in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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A UNICEF exhibition of backpacks representing the headstones of dead children in conflict was visited by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres near the UN headquarters on Wednesday.

The installation, which consists of 3,758 school backpacks arranged in rows, aims to be a wake-up call to world leaders to ensure greater protection of children living in conflict, and tries to illustrate the scale of young lives lost.

According to the 2019 Secretary-General Annual Report on children and armed conflict, more than 12.000 children have lost their lives in ongoing conflicts due to airstrikes, landmines and cluster munitions in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

W/S UNICEF backpacks installation, New York City

W/S UNICEF backpacks installation

M/S Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

C/U Guterres and Fore walking through backpacks installation

M/S Guterres and Fore talking among backpacks installation

C/U Guterres and Fore talking

C/U Guterres and Fore

M/S Guterres walking through backpacks installation

W/S Guterres walking through backpacks installation

M/S Guterres walking through backpacks installation

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