Exposed: the crimes against Syria's children
Shocking testimony collected from refugees fleeing Syria has revealed that children have been killed, maimed and tortured in the country's brutal civil war. They've also witnessed the deaths of parents, siblings, other children, and torture.
Tuesday 25 September 2012
Today we're releasing Untold Atrocities, a collection of first-hand accounts of the conflict from children and parents receiving help from Save the Children after escaping the violence in 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.
Holding perpetrators to account
Our teams are 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.
We're also calling for the UN to step up its documentation of all violations of children’s rights in Syria and that it should have more resources to do this, so that crimes against children are not committed with impunity.
Our chief executive Justin Forsyth who has just returned from Jordan where he met children who have suffered horrific experiences.
Specialist support needed
He said “No child should ever see the horrors being described on a daily basis to our staff on the ground - stories of torture, murder and terror.
"They need specialist emotional support to come to terms with these shocking experiences, and their stories need to be heard and documented so those responsible for these appalling crimes against children can be held to account."
Today we launch a campaign to ensure the crimes against Syria's children are counted: please sign our petition to the UN Secretary-General.
We've also started an appeal for money to fund our work with Syrian refugee children: you can donate here.