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UNICEF: Children In Syria At Growing Risk


A soldier gives food and water to Syrian children after they crossed the border into Jordan in February.

A soldier gives food and water to Syrian children after they crossed the border into Jordan in February.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the conflict in Syria may leave an entire generation of children scarred for life.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said children are being impacted by the destruction they are witnessing every day.

He was speaking March 12 as UNICEF issued a fresh report on the topic.

In it, UNICEF said children had been traumatized seeing parents and friends killed in the conflict.

The report said children were suffering increased skin and respiratory diseases in areas of intense fighting.

The report said one in five schools has been destroyed or used to shelter displaced families.

It said that in Aleppo, only 6 percent of children are able to attend school. It said fighting had wrecked hospitals and health centers, while skilled staff had fled.

Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters
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