A REPORT released by UNICEF suggests that the number of children
in Syria affected by violence has doubled in the past 12
The report Under Siege, published earlier this month,
estimates that 5.5 million children have been affected by the
conflict. And about a million of these are still in hard-to-reach
areas, beyond the help of humanitarian aid.
One in ten children - about 1.2 million - are estimated to have
fled the conflict, and are now living in refugee camps in
neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.
The report says that 10,000 children have lost their lives in
the fighting. Some witnesses said that children and pregnant women
were being deliberately targeted.
A British doctor working in Aleppo, David Notts, told the UN
that he had treated patients who had been deliberately shot at by
snipers - including, he said, "children as young as two. . . Some
of the pregnant women had been shot in the abdomen. I was told [by
local medical staff] this was not unusual."
Another report released this month by World Vision looks at the
lives of children who have left Syria. The charity invited refugee
children to share their concerns, and published the results in a
report, Stand with Me: Our uncertain future.
Their main concerns were poverty and discrimination in their
host communities. They called for host countries "to treat us
better, and to accept us until this crisis is over", and for the
international community to exert more pressure "to help us end this
One 15-year-old said: "Wefled the flames of war, only tofind
ourselves surrounded by danger, explosions, kidnapping,and
Speaking earlier this month at a #WithSyria vigil at Coventry
Cathedral, the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, said:
"The scenes of destruction and suffering from Syria point to an
apocalyptic disaster, and yet the massacre in Syria continues
unchecked. . .
"We can remain silent no more. The world can ill afford another
anniversary for Syria marked by bloodshed. . . The Church stands
with others in shining a light in solidarity with the people of
Syria; and as a demonstration to our own government, and others,
that they must intensify their efforts to end the bloodshed, and to
get aid to all those in need."