The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression first came about in August 19, 1982, and now, 33 years later, every June 4, the world is still acknowledging the innocent children who have suffered through physical, mental and emotional abuse. The internationally recognized day was created to affirm the UN's commitment to protecting the rights of children around the world.
Ultimately, the day aims to celebrate the individuals and organizations that make an effort to defend and preserve the rights of children around the world. Organizations and foundations such as the Malala Fund and the Global Movement for Children have spoken up to take a stand for innocent children. The 'Say YES for Children' campaign, which launched in 2001, asked millions of people through the world to pledge their support for the Rallying Call for the Global Movement for Children.
The campaign specifically focused on 10 main principles that aimed at protecting and preserving the lives of children, including education, fighting HIV/aids, and fighting poverty. 'Say Yes for Children' sparked international debate on child rights both nationally and globally, initiating important conversations about children's rights. See the slideshow below for photos of children who have been victims of war and conflict:
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
UN takes day to globally recognize children victims
Bosnian Muslim Samir Ruznic, 11 year-old, recovers from a land mine blast while resting in a Bihac Hospital on Sunday, August 13, 1995. Ruznic, who was injured last April, is one of many children missing limbs in Bihac, which was under Serb seige for more than three years until the recent Croatian army offensive which opened up the Muslim enclave. (AP Photo/John Moore)
** EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT ** Bodies lie on the floor in a home where gunmen killed an elderly woman and two of her grandchildren in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday March 15, 2011. A convoy of gunmen chased a man into the home and sprayed the residence with bullets killing the 60-year-old woman, along with two boys, ages 2 and 6, police said in a statement. Children, from toddlers to the early teens, are increasingly falling victim to the brutal violence of a drug war that has cost over 34,000 lives in the last four years. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
Police officers arrest Bhopal gas tragedy survivors after over 20 of them chained themselves to the outer wall of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence to protest against the government apathy to take action against Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals as well as proper rehabilitation of affected people, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 21, 2008. The catastrophic 1984 gas leak from the Bhopal pesticide plant in central India killed at least 10,000 people and affected about 550,000 others. The survivors charged the Prime Minister for being personally insensitive to the plight of the victims and their children. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Cambodian children sit behind razor wire at Khuen Hoeichueng refugee camp in Surin province, along the Thai-Cambodian border, Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997. These tiny victims of war are among over 20,000 Cambodians forced to leave O'Smach, northern Cambodia, as their home became the latest battlezone in Cambodia's decades-long history of civil strife. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Palestinian mourners attend the funeral procession of victims of Israeli bombardments, including children, in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip.
A Yemeni child lays in a bed at a hospital in the capital Sanaa on May 12, 2015, a day after she was wounded in an air strike by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on an arms depot in the Mount Noqum area on the eastern outskirts of Sanaa. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan child, suffering from polio, is helped by his mother during a physiotherapy session at the International Committee of the Red Cross orthopedic center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The center, that provides new limbs, wheelchairs and physical therapy for the disabled has registered 91,000 disabled since 1988 and about 80 percent of them are victims of war and conflict. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A wounded Syrian boy speaks to his friend at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes on the city on May 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Yemeni child receives treatment on April 1, 2015, at the burn unit of a hospital in Yemeni capital of Sanaa, following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalitions in the area of Yarim south of the capital the day before. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Syrian boy reacts as he receives treatment at a clinic in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by regime forces on February 9, 2015. Tens of thousands of residents trapped in the rebel bastion suffer from food and medical shortages, as well as deadly regime bombardment. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on January 25, 2015. In central Damascus, five civilians and two soldiers were also killed and dozens of people wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured boy looks on as he is being treated at a makeshift hospital in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on September 24, 2014, following reported airstrikes by government forces. Some 191,000 people have been killed since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule erupted in March 2011. AFP PHOTO/ ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)