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Children continue to suffer consequences of violence in Syria

Children continue to suffer consequences of violence in Syria

Children living in flooded camps, deprived of basic necessities and education. This is the reality in Syria, where 10 years since the war broke out, violence continues to shackle innocent lives to inhumane conditions.

In places like Hassakeh, the United Nations Children's Fund reports that water disruptions due to attacks on basic services force families to rely on unsafe water, making them vulnerable to waterborne diseases.

The UN is increasingly concerned about security in Al Hol camp, Syria's largest site for refugees and displaced persons.

Spokesperson, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
“There is such a high proportion of children in the camp. For those children to be treated as children, and that the world does what is in those children's best interest. I don't think anybody can be in doubt that it's not in their best interest to be stuck in this camp for years on end.”

The predicament of displaced people in Syria is an issue to which Pope Francis has often called attention.

December 10, 2020
“Every effort—small and large—made to advance the peace process, is like putting down a brick for the construction of a just society, open to welcoming others, and where everyone can find a place to live in peace.”

UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations are calling for funding to continue to provide support to the at least 4.7 million children in need of humanitarian assistance.