There are Now One Million Child Refugees from Syria and They Need Our Help

In the same week that a chemical weapon attack in Damascus has led to heightened pressure on the Unite States and other Western powers to use military intervention, the  United Nations says that the number of children forced to flee from Syria has now reached one million.

Within Syria itself, two million more children have been displaced as a result of the civil war that is now in its third year. Of the estimated 100,000 people who have been killed, about 7,000 have been children. Many of the victims in the August 21 chemical weapons attack in eastern Damascus were children.

The total number of refugees from Syria is estimated to be nearing two million; the U.N. says that the Syrian refugee crisis is the worst since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. About half the refugees are children, three-quarters of whom — about 740,000 — are under the age of 11. Most end up in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt; more and more Syrians are also seeking refuge in North Africa and Europe.

Those who have fled to a safer place in another country are too often “traumatized, depressed and in need of hope,” says U.N. high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres. He also says that “the youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures.”

In some cases, children have crossed the borders of other countries on their own. Beyond physical injury and psychological stress that refugees may experience, young Syrians also face the dangers of child labor and of being forced into an early marriage or of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Said 14 year-old Ahmed, who is at the Za’atari camp in Jordan:

“My brother has been killed and my sister [had] a brain injury. We thought we could not bring her here at first. But in the end we brought her and my brother in an ambulance.

“We ended up burying him here. My sister has been receiving treatment to learn how to walk again after the accident, because she lost the use of her left leg. I wish we could go back home one day.”

The U.N.’s agencies have been overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of refugees. With its $5 million appeal for Syria less than 40 percent funded, the U.N. is now speaking of a lost generation of Syrian children who are poorly prepared to rebuild their war-torn country. Only about 118,000 of the refugee children have received some form of education.

The lives of children have been wound up in the Syrian conflict from the start. It was the arrest of a group of teenagers for writing anti-regime graffiti on a building in the southern agricultural city of Decca that spurred the first protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in March of 2011, after dictators in Tunisia and Egypt had been forced out.

Some two and a half years later, the violence in Syria has yet to cease and will only continue to take its toll on the country’s young people. As politicians and global leaders — as they have been since the conflict in Syria started – debate whether or not to intervene with military force, Anthony Lake, executive director of Unicef, the UN agency for children, expresses sheer frustration at how the global community has failed millions of children in Syria: ”This 1 millionth child refugee is not just another number. This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”

Photo via Freedom House/Flickr


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani5 years ago

Please go here an sign the petition to stop weapons deliveries by the USA to the “rebels”

Now let's stop "lethal aid" to Syria

“The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria,” the Washington Post reported. Those shipments have combined with “separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.”

Deborah W.
Deborah W5 years ago

Humanitarian aid is needed -- and a given, don't think anyone disagrees with that.

War is NOT the answer. In the first place Syria is at civil war ... that's CIVIL, definition: a war between opposing groups of citizens OF THE SAME COUNTRY, between political factions or regions WITHIN THE SAME COUNTRY.

Having so stated, if we (United States) strike, WE will then become the aggressors in THEIR country ... justifiably provoking retailation.

I for one do not want U.S. involvement in another war. Our already wounded warriors have returned and are awaiting backed-up benefits to which they're entitled, military cutbacks and limited rules of engagement already in place, no Mission Statement or end-game goal in place (wait a minute, did I miss that part?), and by the way no ally support ... with a large majority not in agreement with the plan (which keeps changing daily, even hourly, to allow the President and congress to play instead of speaking up for those they were hired to work for is shameful at best and further degrades our status in the world. Just another player among many, noting "exceptional" here.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani5 years ago

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Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani5 years ago

Towards a World War III Scenario: Breaking the “Big Lie”
By Global Research
Global Research, September 07, 2013
Url of this article:

The following excerpt is from “Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War“, the latest title by best-selling author Michel Chossudovsky:

The US has embarked on a military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. US-NATO weapons of mass destruction are portrayed as instruments of peace. Mini-nukes are said to be “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”. Pre-emptive nuclear war is portrayed as a “humanitarian undertaking”.

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using “new technologies” and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality. The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of world peace. “Making the world safer” is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.

Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright “privatization of nuclear war”.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani5 years ago

I highly recommend to watch this video:

World War 3: the unthinkable cost of preserving the petrodollar

Sheila explained some of it in further details here. View all comments and read what she had to say. This video complements her statements.

Shouldn’t we overcome all the differences we, the people, have and really try everything possible to stop this new proxy war in Syria? I do think so!

Donna Ferguson
Donna F5 years ago

thanks for the sobering info

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani5 years ago

My dear Sheila :-) !!! Are you at it again with your conspiracy theories ... tststs ... shouldn't do that, you know? You might disturb ... David - LOL!!

Seriously - congrats again for this summary.

I don't know if you're familiar with Nick Turse and/or TomDispatch? If you'd like to further read about AFRICOM go to this link:,_africom's_gigantic_"small_footprint"/#more

and read what Nick Turse has to say. He also has some nice and comprehensible maps. Interesting that this piece just came in today ... and at the same time you write about it!

That's the opening of the article:
"Here’s a question for you: Can a military tiptoe onto a continent? It seems the unlikeliest of images, and yet it’s a reasonable enough description of what the U.S. military has been doing ever since the Pentagon created an Africa Command (AFRICOM) in 2007."

Take care!

sheila h.
sheila haigh5 years ago

(final para again...)

I haven’t checked, but I’ll lay a pound to a penny (as the Brits say) that American pressure finally bore fruit and India’s Euro payments stopped around Sept/Oct/Nov 2011, the value of the Indian currency continuing to fall from that time till now – and I’m not a gambling person. Another example of US determination to hang onto dollar dominance, at no matter what cost to other countries. They are ruining the livelihoods of everyone around the globe, and leaving the American people sitting in puzzlement as to why people around the world are turning against them.

For the full article read-

sheila h.
sheila haigh5 years ago

In relation to the fluctuations of the BRICS currencies mentioned in posts below, and in particular that of India – in Jan. 2010, the value of the rupee to the dollar was 46.21; in April 2011 (payment in Euros to a bank in Germany began in Feb.11) – 44.17; in Sept 2011 (with ongoing pressure from USA) – 48.24; and by Nov. 2011 it was 55.39 to the dollar, here is a quote from an article;

“Consider the case of India and Iran this year (2011). According to an Indian newspaper, “In February, India started making euro payments through an Iranian bank based in Germany. But that had to be stopped soon after Germany came under pressure from the United States to put an end to this practice.

The government also explored the option of Indian oil firms opening accounts in Dubai-based Noor Islamic Bank for direct transfer of money to Iran. But the UAE is also learnt to have refused to route payments” (”

The UAE is heavily under the influence of US, is ‘just down the road’ from Bahrain, borders Saudi Arabia, with loads of US bases in the area, so would easily bow to US pressure.

I haven’t checked, but I’ll lay a pound to a penny (as the Brits say) that American pressure finally bore fruit and India’s Euro payments stopped around Sept/Oct/Nov 2011, the value of the Indian currency continuing to fall from that time till now – and I’m not a gambling pe