March 16, 2018

UNICEF: over 1,000 children killed or injured in Syria in 2018

In January and February 2018, nearly 1,000 children died in Syria. The number exceeds the total in 2017, when 910 children were killed and 361 children were injured, DW reports with reference to the UNICEF’s press release made on March 12. 

“There is a merciless war against children,” the chief of UNICEF Germany, Christian Schneider said noting that inhuman conditions for children maintain as long as the war continues. According to him, none of Syrian children is able to escape the consequences of war. A lot of boys and girls who survived have lost their relatives, were injured physically or mentally. A whole generation of children traumatized by the war grows up in the country. The threat can catch children in Syria everywhere, as there are a lot of unexploded shells near their playgrounds and schools. 

According to the UNICEF, 1.5 million Syrian children have disabilities, and 86,000 of them have lost limbs. These children are especially vulnerable, as because of the war they do not have necessary conditions for recovery. 

Seven years after the outbreak of the war in Syria, nearly 69 percent of people live in poverty. The average income of Syrians is less than $2 a day. Millions of Syrian children cannot go to school. The UNICEF is especially concerned with the situation in Eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 persons are under siege, half of them are children. Nearly 40 percent of minors are constantly undernourished. 

The UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict to cease fire. The war against children “needs to be stopped immediately,” Mr. Schneider says. 

According to the different estimates, the Syrian war has taken the lives of more than 310,000 people since 2011.