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Syrian children continue to suffer the worst consequences of conflict

Children surrounded by mud in a camp in Idlib Children surrounded by mud in a camp in Idlib Photo by Ahmed Akacha on Pexels

24 January 2021

Children bear the consequences of the conflict, which has endangered their lives, disrupted their education, and limited access to basic services.

In Syria there are 4.7 million children in need of humanitarian assistance, a situation which is being exacerbated by severe weather and the spread of COVID-19. Since the beginning of this year, 15 children have already been killed, and 15 others wounded, by explosive devices. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has observed that basic infrastructure remains under attack, for instance in Hassakeh, where water supplies have been cut off repeatedly, increasing the likelihood of contracting waterborne diseases. 

In northwestern Syria, meanwhile, harsh climatic conditions including floods and heavy rains are affecting the lives of more than 22,000 civilians. As reported by Al Jazeera, storms are destroying the camps where families displaced by conflict have found refuge. In a camp in Idlib, as a result of the severe storms, one child died when a brick wall built around his tent collapsed on him.

Children are also suffering further indirect effects from the conflict. With rising poverty and food prices, in addition to the spread of COVID-19, they are forced to leave school prematurely and cannot take advantage of their fundamental right to education. Ten years into the conflict, children are still paying the highest price for the war, bearing both the direct and indirect consequences of ongoing violence. 


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Author: Alessia Rossinotti; Editor: Alexander Collin

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