Children have endured ‘unspeakable’ and ‘unacceptable’ suffering during Syria’s civil war, UN’s Ban Ki-moon says
(SOURCE) Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad’s forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country’s nearly three-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said.
The report, which highlights the treatment of children in the conflict from the beginning of the uprising against Assad in March 2011 until Nov. 15, 2013, was released this week to the Security Council and was posted on the U.N. website Tuesday.
It cites U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as saying that Syrian children have been subjected to “unspeakable suffering” during that time. Ban urged Syria’s warring sides to “take, without delay, all measures to protect and uphold the rights of all children in Syria.”
The uprising against Assad’s rule began with largely peaceful protests in 2011 but evolved in time into a bloody civil war that has killed more than 130,000 people, according to activists. Millions of Syrians have been driven from their homes, seeking shelter in neighboring countries or in safer parts of their homeland.
The conflict has hit the country’s children hard.