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The plight of Syria's children......

The stats out of Syria are horrendous.  Over 60,000 killed in the on-going war and over 700,000 refugees outside the war-torn country.    As for the children?    They are clearly devastated, as this report from Global Voices details.

"An estimated 4,355 Syrian children have been killed (up to 15/1/2013) in the on-going conflict in Syria, according to latest report released by Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution Database. Thousands more have been wounded, detained, or left without family, or access to medical aid and humanitarian assistance.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 650,764 Syrian refugees are registered or awaiting registration inside and outside Syria. More than half of them (52%) are under 18. However, countless Syrian children have been confronted with the anguish of losing their home, their belongings, and parents. The Children's Rights Portal reports:

Syrian Children in Crisis, bitter winter adds to suffering. Source: Save the Children
In such conditions, practically all the necessary constants for child development are seriously disrupted, and the psychological damages of armed conflicts are incalculable…. These children, unable to grow up in an atmosphere of trust and having had to face atrocities from a very young age, often develop the conviction that violence is a way like any other to solve disputes, and so it is difficult for them to send a message of peace and international security to future generations."


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