(Video: UNICEF MENA)
No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: Children disabled by violence risk being forgotten and stigmatized.
Syrian war-related disabled kid goes to school with the help of her siblings. (Photo: UNICEF)
Over 1.5 million Syrians now are living with permanent war-related disabilities.
The conflict in Syria continued unabated through 2017, killing the highest ever number of children – 50 per cent more than in 2016. In the first two months of 2018 alone, 1,000 children were reportedly killed or injured in intensifying violence. Conflict is now the leading cause of death among adolescents in the country.
"In conflict, children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. "They often require specialized treatment and services. As children, their needs differ from those of adults. Without access to services, schools and assistive products like wheelchairs, many children with disabilities face a very real risk of exclusion, neglect and stigmatization as the unrelenting conflict continues."