The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/73/907–S/2019/509) issued on 20 June 2019.

Tuguegarao City, Province of Cagayan, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF

Although the Marawi siege ended in October 2017, military operations continued throughout 2018 against remaining members of the Maute Group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other Islamic State-affiliated groups. Additionally, conflict-related incidents between the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, who were supported by pro-government paramilitary groups, intensified after the President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA a terrorist organization, in December 2017, and after the cessation of formal peace talks in June 2018. Those operations resulted in the displacement of over 212,000 people, half of whom were children, the prolongation of martial law until December 2019 and access restrictions for the monitoring and verification of grave violations.

2018 Verified Figures

Killing and Maiming
Children Recruited and Used
Attacks on Schools