SYRIA: GRAVE FEARS FOR 175,000 CHILDREN WHO HAVE FLED DEIR EZ-ZOUR
November 3rd, 2017 - The Syrian government today seized the last part of the Syrian city of Deir Ez-zour from Islamic State. The escalation in fighting has pushed hundreds of thousands in recent weeks and months.
The camps for the displaced are overwhelmed and conditions are woefully inadequate. Save the Children is advocating for greater support to all those in need and is calling for urgent action to be taken to get children, many of whom have been out of school for years, back in the classroom so they can start to recover from the traumatic things they have seen.
Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s Syria Director said:
In recent weeks an estimated 350,000 people – including around 175,000 children – have risked their lives to try and make it to safety, escaping the escalation of fighting in Deir Ez-zour.
The situation in the city, and surrounding countryside, has been especially bleak with civilians trapped between the fighting and all too often caught in the crossfire. They have suffered through years of war where bombing and shelling have been an almost daily occurrence and where groups like ISIS have forced children to witness horrors like public beheadings.
The fighting in Syria has had a devastating impact on children who have been left emotionally scarred by the never-ending violence. Children throughout the country now report symptoms like involuntary urination and bedwetting or say they are too scared to leave their homes or go to schools, or have become deeply fearful and extremely anxious. Some parents say they no longer see their children smile after years of brutal war in which many have lost friends, relatives or loved ones.