Just a read a damning report from War Child arguing that the Syrian conflict has been a war on children.
“ Children have not been spared the horror of Syria’s crackdown. Syrian security forces have killed, arrested, and tortured children in their homes, their schools, or on the streets. In many cases, security forces have targeted children just as they have targeted adults.”
The report argues that “Neither side in this conflict has distinguished itself by protecting children in the areas they control.”
Children in detention have been sexually abused, children as young as 8 years old have been forced to take part in hostilities. The mass refugee crisis apparently is made up of 50% children and young people.
You can read the full report here.
What can we do?
- ofcourse pray. Lets call out to the God who is the protector of widows and orphans to intervene and bring his peace.
I am not sure what we can do to make a difference here. Perhaps the more we raise this on twitter and blogs – the more we give our MPs political elbow room to get more involved. MPs are influenced by public opinion because they need to get re-elected – if we show our politicians this is something that we all care about – it empowers them to get more stuck in.
I am open to ideas friends – what else shall we do – we can’t stand by and pretend this isn’t happening…
The Syrian flag is from Wikimedia Commons.