UNICEF says 4 milion Syrian children have known only war

Says kids live in rubble, schools without windows or electricity

14 December, 16:49

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 14 - Four million children have been born in Syria since the start of the civil war there, with half of Syrian children having known only war during their lives, according to the UN International Children's Fund (UNICEF).

    It said every eight-year-old Syrian child has been growing up in a climate of danger, destruction, and death.

    "These children need to be able to return to school, receive their vaccinations, and feel safe and protected," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore at the end of a five-day visit to the conflict-ravaged country.

    "We need to be able to help them," she said.

    Fore was able to visit some of the newly accessible areas in Syria and saw how the conflict has affected families, children and the communities in which they live.

    In Douma, for example, displaced families are beginning to return to their homes, but the threat of unexploded ordnance is pervasive, UNICEF said.

    "In Douma, families are living amidst the rubble, struggling for water, food and warmth," Fore said. UNICEF said for children who have missed years of learning due to the war, the age of first-grade students can vary from 6 to 17 years old. (ANSAmed).

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