The World Bank: Children & Youth in Conflict. Children and youth are especially vulnerable to conflict, through the indirect impact of a weaker state and social system, loss of parents or caretakers, and often even as participants in armies. Caught between childhood and full adulthood, youth are often even more under served than children. Even as they struggle with their own identity, they watch the social fabric collapse around them. From a conflict perspective, idleness and especially a sense of lack of future prospects related to unemployment and limited education opportunities, represent not only social problems, but may further turn youth into prone recruits to rebel armies and violent movements.