#AceNewsServices – DAMASCUS – April 06 – Report from UNICEF on April 04 2014 stated that 11 children had been killed in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides in the fighting.
Too many children have suffered from the violence and terror of a conflict over which they have no influence. This suffering has to end and all parties to the conflict must uphold their responsibilities to protect children.
UNICEF repeats its call for those involved in the fighting, and those with influence over them, to bring an immediate end to this crisis which has not only devastated the lives of millions of children, but is creating terrifying long-term consequences for the future stability of Syria and the region.
GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) — With 5.5 million children suffering in Syria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says it’s time to bring the hostilities to an end.
The civil war in Syria entered its fourth year in March. UNICEF said in a report on the conflict the number of children affected by ongoing violence has doubled since March 2013.
“For Syria’s children, the past three years have been the longest of their lives,” Lake said in a statement Monday. “Must they endure another year of suffering?”
UNICEF said there may be as many as 1 million children trapped by the fighting inside Syria. Of the 1.2 million children living as refugees outside the country, Lake said about 10 percent of them have entered the labour pool and 20 percent of Syrian girls are forced into early marriage.
UNICEF – UPI – ANS2014