Quote of the week
“We must all share the shame, because while we work to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this crisis, the global community has failed in its responsibility to this child. We should stop and ask ourselves how, in all conscience, we can continue to fail the children of Syria.”
- Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, August 23, 2013.
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Mark Tran of The Guardian (UK) reports today:
The Syria crisis reached another grim milestone as UN aid agencies reported that the number of registered child refugees had reached 1 million, most of whom were under 11. Within the country, more than 2 million children have been displaced, they said.
About 7,000 children have been killed since the conflict began. Of the hundreds of people killed in an apparent gas attack in rebel-held parts of eastern Damascus on Wednesday, many were children.
“This 1 millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, the UN agency for children. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.
Let us not forget Golda Meir’s statement given at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957. “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
(Photo credit: unrefugees.org)