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Syria: Report documents torture and killings of children

last updated Sep 25, 2012

A report released by the UK charity “Save the Children” documents a series of atrocities against children including torture, abduction and killing during the 18-month-old civil war in Syria. According to activists, close to 2,000 children have been killed and many more traumatised.

Syrian refugee children at Reyhanli refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, March 2012
Syrian refugee children at Reyhanli refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, March 2012; Source: Flickr (FreedomHouse2)

The report details 18 stories of Syrian refugee children without describing the time and place of the events as well as other details that could identify them. However, the charity says that the testimonies coincide with UN reports and reports from other human rights groups.


The crimes endured or witnessed by the children in the report include torture with cigarette butts and severe beatings, the use of children as human shields, and starving children to death in order to punish their parents.


The report by “Save the Children” comes at the beginning of the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting and the organisation urged the UN to increase its presence on Syrian ground.


Save The Children (2012) Report: "Untold Atrocities - The Stories of Syria's Children"


Washington Post: Mass detention, torture of Syrian children among atrocities documented by UK charity


BBC News: Syria child trauma 'appalling' - Save the Children


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