BEIRUT -- The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a “lost generation” of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report released Tuesday.
Children may be the major victims of the almost two-year conflict, says the United Nation's Children's Fund, which provides aid to Syrians both inside and outside the country.
Children represent about half of the more than 1 million refugees who have fled Syria. Inside the country, the young have been killed, injured, left orphaned and traumatized.
“In Syria, children have been exposed to grave human rights violations, including killing and maiming, sexual violence, torture, arbitrary detention, recruitment and use by armed forces and groups, and exposure to explosive remnants of war,” the report states. “Basic infrastructure and public services are being systematically destroyed. Families are struggling to survive in increasingly desperate conditions.”