World Day of War Orphans 2023: Date, History, Theme, Significance, and More

World Day of War Orphans 2022: It is observed on 6 January to spread awareness about the plight of the war orphans and to address the traumatic conditions faced by them.
World Day of War Orphans
World Day of War Orphans

World Day of War Orphans 2023: The purpose of the day is to spread awareness globally about the need to protect the human rights of children orphaned by wars and to generate efforts to secure a better tomorrow for them. The day has more relevance mainly at the time of pandemics as it has the most significant impact on orphan children. The day also reminds us that caring for children in the worst circumstances is a duty, mainly during the coronavirus pandemic. 

World Day of War Orphans is observed on 6 January to create awareness about the plight of war orphans and to address the traumatic conditions faced by them. 

Who is considered an Orphan?

As per UNICEF, a child under 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death is considered an orphan. 

As per data by UNICEF, there were around 140 million orphans globally in 2015, including 61 million in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

World Day of War Orphans 2023: History

The French organization, SOS Enfants en Detresses, started World Day of War Orphans. The day highlights the lives of the children who were affected by the outcomes of the war and aims for the betterment of their future. 

World Day of War Orphans 2023: Theme

This year’s theme is “Standing Up for War-Affected Children” and is meant to focus global attention on the challenges these children face and how to best meet their needs. 

The topic of the day in 2022 was “Care for children in a horrible situation is an obligation, especially in the face of a pandemic.”

The year 2021 theme focused on the need to increase awareness of children who had become orphaned as a result of the conflict.

The World Day of War Orphasms campaign’s objective in 2019 was to raise public awareness of war-related orphaned children.

Its theme included ” Ending the cycle of violence: Protecting War Orphans, Supporting War Orphans: A responsibility for All, and “War Orphans: A voice for Peace.”

World Day of War Orphans 2023: Significance

As per data by UNICEF, in the wars of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, around half of the victims were civilians and this number increased gradually till 2001. Since the said year, the number has declined at a rate of 0.7% per year.  

In World War II, around two-thirds of the victims were civilians and by the end of the 1980s, the number rose to 90%. 

Year  Victims (in millions)
1990 146








2015 140

From the above-mentioned data, it is clear that civilians in several nations around the globe have become victims of the war. Amongst them, the children are the silent victims. Millions of children have grown up in war zones, and ethnic strife with no families. The orphans are forced to after not only look after themselves but their younger siblings too (if any).

Thus, the day highlights the plight of orphans and reminds us that every child must be cared for. 

World Day of War Orphans 2023: Quotes 

1- My passion is kids, more than just kids is underprivileged kids and orphans.

2- God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.

3- I love the holiday season, almost as much as I love touching myself in front of orphans.

4- What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

5- What sad faces one always sees in the asylums for orphans! It is more fatal to neglect the heart than the head.

6- Where can we hide in fair weather, we orphans of the storm?

7-  "The truth is you can be orphaned again and again and again. The truth is, you will be. And the secret is, this will hurt less and less each time until you can't feel a thing. Trust me on this. " - Chuck Palahniuk

8- "When you lose your parents as a child, you are indoctrinated into a club, you're taken into life's severest confidence. You are undeceived." - Hilary Thayer Hamann

9- "The purpose of having the orphans study all these diverse fields was not for them to just become geniuses, but to become polymaths – meaning they would be geniuses in a wide variety of fields. " - James Morcan

10- "Orphanages are the only places that ever left me feeling empty and full at the same time. " -  John M. Simmons

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