Syria: Prolonged, High-Intensity Conflict Has Devastating Impacts on Children, Critical to Prioritize Survivors’ Rights and Needs

New York, 18 May 2021 – Millions of children in Syria remain trapped in a high-intensity protracted conflict and continue to endure a shocking level of violence, with little support available to survivors, highlights the third report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The report covers a two-year period which witnessed the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of related restrictions as of March 2020, further exacerbating the vulnerabilities of children and impeding the work of humanitarian and child protection actors on the ground. The actual number of grave violations is therefore believed to be higher than the 4,724 verified in the report. A growing number of parties to conflict, at least 32, were found responsible for these violations.

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SOURCE : Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict