Children of War
»1 in 3 Syrian children have grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 6th anniversary; An estimated 8.4 million children are flooded by the waves of the on-going Syrian civil war; 2.4 million children of Syria now live as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt« UNICEF
During my 2012’s six months reporting of the civil war in Syria, people talked about how a gunshot and a paralysing wound were the last thing they could remember. The worst of the summer heat has gone, and the evenings were breezy and cool as I returned in late November.
For the millions of children caught in the middle, the war has taken an especially painful toll. According to UNICEF, 8.4 million children – more than 80 percent of Syria’s child population – have been affected by the conflict, either in Syria or as refugees in neighboring countries. In 2015 alone, the agency documented nearly 1,500 “grave violations” against children. The majority of these violations were cases of killing or maiming from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, the agency said.
Of the 4.8 million registered Syrian refugees, half are children, according to the United Nations’ commission for refugees.
At least 20 people, including children, were killed in a witnessed air strike. At least 10 houses had been flattened in the strike on the town of A’zaz, which lies just to the north of the main battleground city of Aleppo, on August 15, 2012.
[AFP PHOTO: Vedat Xhymshiti]