Devastating

03.10.14

Syria's Helpless Victims: Children

A new reports cites a devastating number of child deaths due to lack of healthcare

Of all those suffering in Syria’s civil war, children are among the most direly afflicted, according to a new report by Save the Children. “The focus in the public discourse is the fighting and the political situation, but what we see really missing is the human impact,” said Misty Buswell, regional advocacy director for Save the Children. “So many children are dying and being injured and maimed, so we wanted this report to bring the focus back.” According to the NGO’s report, 1.2 million children have fled Syria to surrounding countries, 4.3 million continue to need care within the country, and a staggering 100,000 children have died during the four-year crisis. Many of these deaths, the report emphasized, occurred due to chronic or preventable illnesses exacerbated by a widespread lack of accessible healthcare. "Several thousands of children" have died due to limited access to treatment for illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes, the report said.