This year saw many records broken. Soccer player Lionel Messi became the all-time goal scorer. Google Senior VP Alan Eustace parachuted over 25 miles in 15 minutes. And Tim and Emily Gay’s family can now brag they hung the most holiday lights — 601,736 to be exact.
But there is another record being broken in 2014 – not one to be celebrated. This year recorded the highest number of children caught in conflict zones who were directly and deliberately attacked. The targeting of children in conflict is not new, but it’s rising at an alarming rate. In 2014, more children were killed, kidnapped, tortured, raped, forcibly recruited by armed groups and even sold as slaves than at any time in recent history.