Youth, a stage of life marked by uncertainty,
change and challenge, is a time of enormous potential, enthusiasm and energy,
when young people make choices based on available opportunities to plan
for their transition to adulthood.
Young people displaced by conflict,
however, have few opportunities and, as a result, this stage of life is
often characterized by idleness, violence and poverty. As the average length
of displacement continues to extend, youth are increasingly vulnerable
to sexual and economic exploitation and recruitment into armies and militias.