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  War makes children grow up fast
Updated 21 May 2002, 19.55

Diana talks about the effects war is having on the children in her country.

"I come from Yugoslavia which has always had wars for the past 10 years.

And because of that we have lots of problems, especially for children.

It's not their fault that we have war but they still die, that is our main problem.

Refugee children


The bombing of the area called Kosovo in 1999 means that we have lots of refugees.

They are still living in refugee camps.

Most of the children are without parents, without homes, friends, relatives.

It's a terrible situation when you lose someone close to you.

Growing up quickly

The children grow up quite damaged and have to carry the experience of war for the rest of their lives.

They grow up too fast, unfriendly and afraid.

I hope world leaders involved in war create a plan to protect children before and during war.

It would be even better that for the next 10 years we have less conflict in my country."

Diana, 17, Serbia

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