14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq

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January 2015 in Turkey – more than 1.6 million Syrians have sought refuge in the country. Photo: UNICEF/Yurtsever

Some 14 million children are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping across Syria and much of Iraq, UNICEF has said.

The conflict in Syria is now entering its fifth year as the government continues to battle insurgents.

And insecurity in Iraq is worsening as extremists from the terrorist ISIL tighten their grip on parts of the country.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

UNICEF said the situation of more than 5.6 million children insideSyriaremains desperate. That includes up to two million who are living in areas of the country largely cut off from humanitarian assistance due to fighting.

Meanwhile, almost 2 million young people from Syria are living as refugees in Lebanon,Turkey, Jordan and other countries, while millions of others are living with host families.

The crisis grippingIraqhas forced almost three million children from their homes, and left many trapped in areas controlled by armed groups, such as ISIL.

As the conflict inSyriaenters its fifth year, UNICEF said, fighting is all that the youngest Syrians have ever known.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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