Syria “No Place for Children”

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In Aleppo, Syria, four-year-old Esraa and her brother Waleed, three, sit on the ground near a shelter for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/UN013175/Al-Issa

Five years of conflict in Syria has affected more than eight million children, or roughly 80 per cent of the country's youngest citizens, according to the latest report from the UN children's fund, UNICEF.

The report, No Place for Children, also reveals that one in three Syrian children have been born since the start of the crisis, meaning that they have only known violence, fear and displacement.

Reem Abaza spoke to UNICEF Representative in Syria, Hanaa Singer, who says children as young as seven are also being recruited to fight or even to serve as snipers and executioners.

Duration: 4'56"

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