samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp. 04.05.16 2:02 pm
war in syria has caused death, destruction and displacement on a horrific scale. families have been forced from their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed as a result of relentless violence and the disruption of basic services. more than 4 million people have already fled the country and 6.5 million people are internally displaced. an estimated 13.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance inside of the country — of which are over 6 million children.
children are particularly vulnerable to child rights violations such as recruitment into armed groups and exploitation and abuse, including forced early marriage and child labor. access to education, health care, water, sanitation and social services remains inadequate — even when inside established camps such as zaatari.
for many humanitarian organizations, the impact of the crisis on a generation of children is a primary and growing concern. while most will survive the conflict physically, the immediate and long-term well-being of children remains as uncertain as the future for this entire generation of kids.
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