The atrocities in Syrian have shocked us all to the core. What is most chilling is the news that children are being badly traumatised after witnessing killings, torture and other atrocities in the country’s conflict, Save the Children has warned today.
The charity is today releasing Untold Atrocities, a collection of first-hand accounts of the conflict from children and parents receiving help from Save the Children after fleeing Syria. The accounts contain graphic details of how children have been caught up in Syria’s war – witnessing massacres and in some cases, experiencing torture.
• “Dead bodies along with injured people were scattered all over the ground. I found body parts all over each other. Dogs were eating the dead bodies for two days after the massacre.” Hassan, 14
• “This six year old boy was tortured more than anyone else in that room. He only survived for three days and then he simply died.” Wael, 16
• “They hung me from the ceiling by my wrists, with my feet off the ground. Then I was beaten.” Khalid, 15.
• “There was nothing that they did not use to hurt us.” Nur, 9.
Shocking testimony collected from refugees in Save the Children projects has revealed that children have been the targets of brutal attacks, seen the deaths of parents, siblings and other children, and have witnessed and experienced tortured.Save the Children is working to help children come to terms with the devastating psychological impact of their experiences, providing specialist support to children showing signs of distress, including self-harm, nightmares and bedwetting.
Some of these children are only a little older than my own children. It is unbearable to imagine the destruction this causes to their lives and their future.
What can you do?
- Raise awareness by using the #savesyriaschildren on Twitter
- Sign up to Save the Children’s petition to the UN calling for the counting of crimes against Syrian children to be scaled up.
- Donate to Save the Children’s response to the Syria crisis or for more information go to www.savethechildren.org.uk/
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