The young more likely to have ties to war

More than half of young Swedes have acquaintances affected by war, shows a new survey commissioned by the Red Cross.  And half of them say their friends' families have been torn apart by the experience.

Six out of ten survey respondents in the age bracket 18-29 have either themselves been affected by war or know someone who has.

"The number is higher than what we expected, especially among the young," says Ulrika Årehed Kågström, secretary general of the Swedish chapter of the Red Cross.

Two percent of all respondents have themselves experienced armed conflict and 13 percent say a relative has.

Fifty percent said they had no experience and knew no one who had been to war.

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