Sad Infographic of the Day: Violence against Children in Africa

Friday, June 5, 2015

I came across this infographic by the Economist yesterday afternoon. It visualizes recorded incidents of harm against children under age 16 from 2005 to present, color-coded according to the type of perpetrator. You can view all points together on the map or select a class of perpetrator to view just those data points. I have included a screen shot here.

The Economist describes the map as follows:
Some 353 separate attacks resulting in the death or physical harm of one or more under-16-year-olds have been recorded over the past decade, by the ACLED (Armed Conflict Location & Event Data) project. Incidents are concentrated around central Africa. Political militias, like Boko Haram in Nigeria or Anti-Balaka in the Central African Republic, have been responsible for the majority of attacks in each year since 2005, totalling 197 overall. Rebel forces, such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa, and ethnic militias have harmed or killed children in 57 and 45 separate incidents respectively. It is not only extralegal groups doing damage, however; in Egypt, Sudan and South Sudan government and mutinous forces—both military and police—are responsible for a large share of the violence against children.
This subject matter is too depressing for my usual "nifty infographic of the day" feature, so I went with sad ("horrible didn't seem right, either, since it's a decent-quality graphic).

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