Syria one of "most dangerous places on earth to be a child"

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Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in Syria
Caption Description: Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria earlier in August. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

Syria is one the most dangerous places in the world for children with millions in the war-ravaged nation needing immediate help.

That was the message UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Stephen O’Brien delivered to a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.

Maria Carlino reports.

Stephen O'Brien, who heads the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said young people in Syria have few prospects and have been traumatized by the horrors they have witnessed during five years of war.

He called Syria one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child adding that more than 5.6 million need immediate support.

Before the conflict began in 2011, virtually all children were enrolled in primary school.

Now many are unable to study. Others have to learn under the guidance of the ISIL terrorist group.

Here's Stephen O'Brien.

"We are extremely concerned about hundreds of thousands of children in ISIL-controlled areas forced to follow a curriculum designed by the designated terrorist group. Millions have been traumatized by the horrors they have witnessed.  Young people have few prospects. The conflict is not only destroying Syria's present, but it is also destroying its future."

The aid chief said a lack of funding for humanitarian operations in Syria continues to be a major challenge.

About US$738 million is needed up to the end of the year to pay for life-saving operations.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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