The world is in a perilous place. Here's my wishlist for 2018 | Elhadj As Sy

The world is in a perilous place. Here's my wishlist for 2018 | Elhadj As Sy

Political leadership and courage to ease human suffering has been in short supply over the past 12 months, says the secretary general of the Red Cross

Ours is a world overflowing with suffering. It is a world desperately in need of solutions. Many of its crises require political leadership and courage – something which in 2017 was often in short supply. So instead of suggesting that 2018 should be a year of solutions, my new year wishlist is for 12 months of change.

My first wish is for more education. The children trapped in crises today should not lose the opportunity to contribute to their world tomorrow. But of the estimated 462 million young people aged three to 18 living in countries affected by armed conflict, disasters and other emergencies, 75 million are not receiving adequate schooling. More than half of those displaced from Rakhine state in Myanmar are children. We are at risk of losing a generation.

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