UNICEF has said that 2016 was the worst year for the children of Syria because this year more children in Syria were killed than ever before.
According to UNICEF at least 652 children had died in 2016 in Syria, almost 225 children were killed in a or near school areas. This shows a 20% increase in child fatality rate than that of 2015. The report only includes confirmed deaths and chances are that original number of deaths may be even more than this.
UNICEF has also said that last year more than 850 children were also recruited for fighting the war, this number has also doubled since 2015. Some of the children were sent to fight while others were used as executioners, suicide bomber and jail guards.
Geert Cappelaere, the UNICEF regional director of Middle East and North Africa has said that the plight of Syrian children is unprecedented, hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of daily attacks and their lives have been destroyed.
The civil war in Syria has entered in its sixth year and more than six million children are dependant on humanitarian aid.
UNICEF has said that almost 2.3 million children have already migrated from Syria but there are still 2.8 million children who face extreme danger. They are strangled in far flung areas and almost 300,000 children are in occupied territories.
Geert Cappelaere further said that every child’s life is in danger with regards to health, nurturing and future.
Last week humanitarian organization ‘Save the Children’ had warned that children in Syria are living under a “poisonous pressure” and if immediate help is not provided to them it will become hard to get them out of this situation.
The organization has also said that two thirds of the children have lost their loved ones or their homes have been targeted by bombs or they have gotten injured in the war.