UNICEF: Grim begin to new yr as 2 youngsters are killed, 5 injured, in Syria

“Solely previously 4 days – for the reason that new yr started – two youngsters had been killed and one other 5 had been injured within the northwest of Syria as violence escalated,” mentioned Kambou Fofana, Appearing UNICEF Regional Director for the Center East and North Africa.

“This week, a UNICEF-supported water station got here below assault in Arshani village exterior of Idlib additionally within the northwest.  The assault put the station out of service reducing water provide for over 241,000 folks, many are internally displaced,” he added.

Grave violations mount

These developments got here simply days after UNICEF reported that grave violations in opposition to youngsters in each protracted and new conflicts, had been on the rise in 2021.

Syria was amongst international locations the place 1000’s of girls and boys “paid a devastating value as armed battle, inter-communal violence, and insecurity continued,” the company mentioned on Friday.

Though 2021 information isn’t but accessible, the UN verified greater than 26,400 grave violations in opposition to youngsters in 2020, together with killing and maiming, recruitment, sexual violence, abduction, and assaults in opposition to colleges or hospitals.

“Youngsters and providers catering to them mustn’t ever come below assault,” mentioned Mr. Fofana. “It has been 11 brutal years of struggle on the kids of Syria. How for much longer can this go on?”

Supporting Syrian youngsters

UNICEF and its companions proceed to assist youngsters within the Syrian disaster, to assist them deal with the influence of battle and to renew their childhoods.

Their work contains enhancing entry to schooling and psychosocial assist providers, delivering essential humanitarian help in hard-to-reach areas, in addition to delivering help reminiscent of hygiene kits, secure ingesting water, and screening and remedy of malnutrition.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve additionally been sharing prevention and danger consciousness messages and supplies in efforts to avert additional unfold of the illness.

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