Children of war

Children of war
Investigations | 13 Jan 2014

Ayman Bakour - Aleppo More than 11.000 children have been killed so far and the majority of them are victims of the Syrian regime constant shelling on residential areas. Those who survive the shelling are victimized psychologically by the horrors they are witnessing first-hand on daily basis. Muhammad, a child from Al-Bab city in Aleppo, tells us about a recurring nightmare that hunts his sleep where he sees his city destroyed completely and his whole family killed. Another child of the city of Mare' has witnessed the bombing of regime forces to his school. His voice trembles while he tries to recall the incident: They were having their exams when suddenly they heard the deafening sound of an aircraft. Their teacher shouted ordering them to go seek a safe hiding place underneath their classes. Then, the plane dropped its bombs behind the school. The child wonders painfully at the end of his story “Why is he [Assad] doing this to us?!” Many international organizations, including UNICEF, have expressed their concerns that the ongoing conflict in Syria will destroy an entire generation of vulnerable children. UNICEF mentioned in their latest report that two million children may become a lost generation unless the international community provides adequate financial support to help them .


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