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UNICEF: 8,000 Syrian children cross the border into neighbouring countries unaccompanied

Source : Middle East Monitor | 21 Feb 2014

While the staff at UN organisations have confirmed that the Syrian child Marwan "did not cross the Jordanian border alone and that he was 20 feet away from his family", UNICEF also revealed that "about 8,000 out of the one million Syrian children who have fled to neighbouring countries have crossed the border alone since the beginning of the crisis."

Whole generation of Syrian children could be lost: U.N.

Source : Al Arabiya | 13 Mar 2013

A whole generation of Syrian children risks being lost amid the spiraling civil war in the country, the U.N. children’s agency cautioned Tuesday, saying it was in urgent need of funds to address the crisis.

“Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict,” UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said in a report published two years to the day after the Syrian conflict began.

Children 'Traumatized and Re-Traumatized by Drones' in Yemen

By Andrea Germanos | Agencies | 08 Mar 2013

A report from a clinical and forensic psychologist just back from Yemen offers a disturbing picture of the horror drones have inflicted on children, who are "traumatized and re-traumatized" by the strikes whose use "amounts to a form of psychological torture and collective punishment."

One boy’s tragedy in Aleppo

By Al Arabiya | 12 Jan 2013

Little Mohammad, who is no older than seven years, every day roams the streets of his Aleppo neighborhood looking for his parents who died in overnight shelling by Syrian regime forces.

Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, which was once known as the heart of the country’s economic power, has been under constant shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar Bashar al-Assad.

Every day, there are tragic stories about people losing their loved one in the violence that has gripped the country for almost two years. The story of Mohammad is no different.

Of books and bombs: schooling in Syria’s rebel zone

By AFP | 09 Jan 2013

The Ottoman-era palace now serving as their school in the rebel-held part of Aleppo's historic center may have a gracious interior court and high ceilings.

But it's the walls, the solid stone walls, that are the reason the children are taking their classes there.

"This area isn't very safe. The frontline is just two streets from here. But this building is very high and its walls are fairly thick, which protects the children from the mortar rounds," says its principal, a theology studies graduate who goes by the name Abu Salam Mustafa.

Israel arrests 900 Palestinian children in 2012

By Naif Zaydani | Al Arabiya | 28 Dec 2012

The Palestinian Authority is currently looking into the possibility of filing a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel for arresting 900 Palestinian children in 2012.

In taking such an action, Palestine will be using its newly-acquired rights as an observer state at the United Nations, said Eissa Karakea, Palestinian Minister of Detainees’ Affairs.

Gaza’s children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

By Reuters | 29 Nov 2012

The repeated exposure to violence has left many of Gaza’s children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Children, who account for more than half of the 1.7 million people in Gaza, have been back to school, but there is still a long way for them to be back to normal.

These children, who have lived through two wars with Israel, are still coming to terms with what happened during Israel’s week-long bombardment of Gaza.

Saad Hasanat, 13, who lost six of his cousins, said the memory of seeing their bodies still haunts him.

Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to asthma in children: study

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2012

Children whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other children to develop asthma, according to a Danish study.

The results don't prove that antibiotics caused the higher asthma risk, but they support a current theory that the body's own "friendly" bacteria have a role in whether a child develops asthma, and antibiotics can disrupt those beneficial bugs.

Children at Iraq prison ‘future time bomb’

Source : AFP | 22 Oct 2012

Some 21 children living with their mothers in a Baghdad women’s prison represent a potential “time bomb,” an Iraqi rights group warned on Sunday in a report that also noted claims of rape and torture.

The Hammurabi Humanitarian Organization, headed by former migration minister Pascal Wardeh, also detailed conditions at the women’s prison in Kadhimiyah, north Baghdad, in which some prisoners suffered physical assault.

Under candle light, Rohingya children studying to become hafiz

Source : Agencies | 25 Sep 2012

Children of Rohingya Muslims, who are currently staying in the camps alongside Bangladesh's border with Myanmar after fleeing their country due to violence against them by Myanmar security forces, are studying under difficult conditions to become hafiz.

Despite facing the facts of life without a proper roof over their head, Rohingya Muslims who are trying to survive with the help of relief organizations, are very keen to receive religious education for their children.

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