UCF Global Perspectives


Children Suffer in Syrian War

Alanna Fulk, Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow

March 24, 2016

According to a United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report, an estimated 80 percent or 8.4 million of Syrian children have been harmed in the country’s civil war (AP). UNICEF also reported that these 8.4 million children in Syria and other countries are in desperate need of humanitarian aid (New York Times). In 2015 alone there were 1,500 grave violations against children (IBT). Nearly 60 percent of these violations were caused by the use of explosive weapons in areas with a civilian population (IBT).

The conflict has killed many children, created 2.4 million child refugees and led to an increase in the recruitment of child fighters (Reuters). In addition to these issues, nearly 2.8 million Syrian children in Syria and neighboring countries are not attending school (Reuters). Growing numbers of children are leaving school to work, marry before they are adults or join armed forces to support their families financially (AP). UNICEF seeks to raise $1.16 billion in 2016 to help Syrian children, but so far the organization has only received six percent of this amount (AP).








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