World Bulletin/News Desk
Leila Zerrougui, special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict stated Monday it was UNbearable to observe Syrian children without legs, kidneys and pancreases, having their mothers sit beside them in hospitals.
“Officials and rebel commanders alike risk prosecution as war criminals for atrocities against minors.” Zerrougui said, “ I met parents whose children were killed in bombings, children who saw siblings die in front of them and teenagers who had fought with armed opposition groups.”
She said UN was verifying reports that armed groups were forcing some families to send their teenage children to war in exchange for protection. But many minors, Zerrougui said, were following relatives to war, making it important to convince commanders not to let such children join their ranks.
Saying Syrian government made a law to prevent child soldiers, Zerrougui stated however the children of opponents were imprisoned to cause pressure on families.
AroUNd 7,000 children UNder the age of 15 have been killed during the Syrian civil war. Half of the 1.7 million Syrian refugees are children, and within the coUNtry over 3 million children are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
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