ALERT – HI unveils in Paris the first ever monument to honor the civilian lives lost in bombing & shelling

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As conflicts are increasingly fought in cities, civilians represent 90% of the victims. Civilians represented 50% of the victims during WWII, 15% during the WWI. This trend of modern conflicts is unacceptable.

Today in Paris, HI unveiled the first ever monument commemorating the civilian lives lost in the bombing and shelling of cities around the world. The ceremony was hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, who reminded the attendance that civilians should be protected during conflict, and saw the participation of several French Members of Parliament, namely André Vallini and Hubert Julien Laferrière. Suad al Qadri, HI staff in Yemen, delivered a compelling testimony:

Yemeni population lives in despair and trauma. HI responds to the needs of persons who have lost all hopes, children in particular are disproportionately affected.”

On October 1st and 2nd, Austria will gather States at the Vienna conference to find a political solution to the harm caused to civilians by bombing and shelling in urban warfare. This international conference is a crucial event. With this powerful symbol, HI calls all States, including, to address the devastating humanitarian consequences of these practices.

See pictures below.

 

 

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