Number of children suffering in Syria more than doubles in third year of conflict: UNICEF

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Syria child from UNICEF report March 2014 report: Under Siege

Syria child from UNICEF report March 2014 report: Under Siege

The number of children affected by the fighting in Syria has more than doubled since last year, according to a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The report entitled, Under Siege: the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria, estimates that a total of 5.5 million children have had their lives devastated by the war.

Particularly hard hit are up to a million children trapped in areas that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence, the agency said.

Cut off from aid, living in rubble and struggling to find food, many Syrian children have been left without protection, medical care or psychological support.

They have no access to education. In the very worst cases children and pregnant women have been deliberately wounded or killed by snipers, UNICEF added.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has called for an immediate end to the violence and increased support for those affected.

The report recommends a six step action plan to the international community.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

 

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