Children increasingly recruited in to Syrian conflict
Two million children trapped inside Syria are innocent victims of a bloody conflict now entering its third year. Children are under constant risk of malnutrition, disease, trauma and early marriage; reported UK based NGO Save the Children.
In a new report ‘Children under fire’ released on Wednesday the Non-profit Organization revealed the extent of the suffering the children in Syria are having to face and how they have been directly targeted in the war.
“For millions of Syrian children, the innocence of childhood has been replaced by the cruel realities of trying to survive this vicious war,” Jasmine Whitbread the Save the Children International Chief Executive wrote.
The reports key findings show that thousands of children are facing malnutrition due to the lack of food supply in the country.
“Many are now living rough, struggling to find enough to eat, without the right medicine if they become sick or injured” she added.
Another shocking feature that the UK-based group found is that girls are being married off early in an effort to protect them from sexualized violence.
The report added that one in three children told the organization they had been hit, kicked or shot at. Others struggled with the emotional effects given they had either been separated from their family, seen a close relative or friend killed in front of them.
"As society has broken down, in the worst cases, hunger, homelessness and terror have replaced school for some of these young people. We cannot allow this to continue unchecked; the lives of too many children are at stake” Whitbread said.
This report is released a day after the U.N. institution UNICEF wrote that a whole generation of Syrian children are at risk of being lost in the spiraling civil, adding it was in urgent need of funds to address the crisis.
“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict,” UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said in a report published two years to the day after the Syrian conflict began.