Syria, Mar 15, 2017: At least 652 children were killed in Syria in 2016, making it the worst year as of yet for the children in Syria’s history of civil war, according to data released by UNICEF two days before the 6th anniversary of the uprising that turned into civil war, as reported by PTI.
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255 children were killed in or near schools in 2016. 1 out of every 3 schools in Syria is unusable, due to occupation by armed groups and 1.7 million children are out of school. An additional 2.3 million Syrian children are refugees throughout the Middle East.
In violation of laws of war, attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes by both the Syrian government and it’s opponents were frequent in 2016.
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Dozens of Syrian children are dying from preventable diseases, due to lack of proper medical care. The evils of the war has forced many children into child labor, early marriage, and combat. At least 851 children were recruited by armed factions in 2016 which is more than double of 2015.
Save the Children, an international charity in a report released a week ago had said that signs of “toxic stress” are occurring amongst the youngsters, which consequences into lifelong health problems, addiction and mental disorders which might continue into adulthood.
Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself