Children in conflict at highest risk of violence since records began New analysis also reveals how conflict affects girls and boys differently: Nine in ten child victims of sexual violence are girls; Boys are more often killed or maimed, abducted or recruited by armed groups; Boys more likely to be killed in direct warfare, if girls are killed or badly injured it is more likely to be a result of indiscriminate explosive weapons. Wars and conflicts are intensifying and becoming increasingly dangerous for children, according to a new report released by Save the Children. Whilst fewer children are living in conflict-affected areas, those who do face the greatest risk of falling victim to serious violence since systematic records began[i]. The research revealed that some 415 million children worldwide were living in conflict-affected areas in 2018, a slight decrease from the year before. Yet the number of reported grave violations—the worst crimes committed against children—increased, ..