'Unprecedented suffering' for Syrian children in 2016

  • 'Unprecedented suffering' for Syrian children in 2016

'Unprecedented suffering' for Syrian children in 2016

Children are also dying in silence, often from preventable diseases, with at least 280,000 children living under siege and nearly completely cut off from humanitarian aid.

More than 850 children were recruited to fight in the conflict in 2016 - over double the number recruited the year before.

According to estimates, over 2.3 million children are now living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

UNICEF says schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes across Syria are unsafe for children because they frequently come under attack.

Other aid groups, such as Save the Children, previously reported that millions of Syrian children could be living under a state of "toxic stress" due to the horrors of war, with fears that it could cause irreversible damage for an entire generation.

Aside from front line casualties, hundreds of children are dying from diseases which, in a non-conflict situation, could easily be prevented, the charity warned, with access to medical care and supplies hard. Millions of children have been displaced, some up to seven times.

"The depth of suffering is unprecedented".

Dozens are dying from preventable diseases, it said. "Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences on their health, well-being and future".

Inside Syria and across its borders, coping mechanisms are eroding, and families are taking extreme measures just to survive, often pushing children into early marriage and child labour.

She said: "I think that we have warned for years that we could be losing a whole generation of children". I wish for the war to end and for wars all over the world to end.

"We continue to witness the courage of Syria's children", said Mr. Cappelaere.

One in three of Syria's schools are unusable, and 1.7 million children still in Syria are out of school.

According to the report, some 12,600 kids crossed active conflict lines in Syria to sit for their final school exams, many traveling for days from hard-to-reach areas.

At the conclusion of the report UNICEF renews its calls for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, as well as an end to violence against children and assistance to host governments sheltering and housing child refugees and their families.

"Over the previous year in Syria, all parties involved have blocked vital aid supplies and millions have become poorer, hungrier and more isolated from assistance and from the world", said NRC's Mideast director, Carsten Hansen, according to The Associated Press.

Still, the needs continue to rise and greater action must be taken to help the vulnerable children of Syria.