The Most Dangerous Place in the World for a Child

March 17, 2014

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Jennifer Yeboah

UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week about the devastating impact of the conflict on Syria's children.

As March 15 marked the third anniversary of the civil war, UNICEF released a report illustrating the need for humanitarian assistance:

“I hope the world will come to its senses … to put an end to this terrible catastrophe in Syria.”

  • 5.5. million children have been affected by the conflict
  • 10,000 children have been killed
  • 2.8 million children are out of school

On a visit to Syria last week, Lake talked about the pressing need for reconciliation among leaders to protect the children of Syria. “I hope the world will come to its senses and the diplomats will agree to find compromises to put an end to this terrible catastrophe in Syria," said Lake. UNICEF is providing clean water, polio vaccinations and other support for Syrian children as part of the world’s largest humanitarian relief operation.

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