From Alun Kurdi, who drowned while fleeing his homeland, to Omran Daqneesh ,whose bloodied face stared out at us from the front pages of international newspapers, the plight of Syria’s children has, time and again, left millions desperately seeking answers.
And, according to UNICEF, which promotes the rights and well-being of children, the situation is getting drastically worse with every passing day.
Since just last Friday, 96 children have been killed in Eastern Aleppo while 223 have been injured.
“The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”
And with just 30 doctors left and a severe lack of medical equipment and emergency medicine, officials fear for the lives of the children left.
Commenting on the bloodshed he sees on a daily basis, a doctor on the ground insisted: “Nothing can justify such assaults on children and such total disregard for human life.”
“The suffering – and the shock among children – is definitely the worst we have seen,” he added.
Along with their partners, UNICEF works across 190 countries and focuses special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children in the world.