Today, children continue to suffer and die in many parts of the world as direct targets of attack and abuse. Some 15 million children are currently caught up in violent conflicts. In South Sudan, where there is ongoing sectarian violence, some 1,200 children were killed, maimed, raped or kidnapped last year alone. Child torture and trafficking has been rampant in Iraq.
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Treaty ratification requires support from two-thirds of the U.S. Senate―a level of support that has been lacking thanks to Republican Party opposition and, especially, the fierce hostility of the conservative Republican base, including groups like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the John Birch Society.