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Syria's children deserve our help

AS Syria moves towards a fourth year of suffering, not only do children face the immediate threats of starvation and freezing winter conditions, countless numbers are also enduring sustained and devastating psychological damage that could scar them for life.

Children are witnessing horrific violence, with many seeing family members killed in front of them. Others have lost their homes and had their education severed, with nearly three million Syrian children forced to drop out of school because of the conflict.

Organisations like Unicef need immediate, unconditional humanitarian access to children trapped by fighting inside Syria without vital emergency supplies, psychological support and schooling. Aid is not just about saving lives, but also about giving children, and Syria, the chance of a future.

ANITA TIESSEN

Unicef UK

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