A deadly reported chlorine gas attack has killed at least 42 people, including infants and toddlers, and injured more than 500 in the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus. Many of the dead were found in their own homes, trapped in makeshift basement shelters. Survivors with burning eyes, foaming mouths and breathing problems were rushed to clinics.
UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria since this civil war began, working to protect and save children from this endless violence.
“The children of Syria have witnessed and experienced unimaginable suffering over the past seven years. This can be stopped. It needs to stop now," says UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Children are dying before our eyes.”
We just want the war to stop. We want peace. This war must stop now. The children have suffered enough. 7 years of war is enough. I ask world leaders to come together and stop this war now . I am just sad. #syria pic.twitter.com/eOaBVlwWxl— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) April 8, 2018
The attack is the latest atrocity in an agonizing war that has devastated the nation and fueled a global migrant crisis. A generation of Syrian children is growing up surrounded by violence, hiding from daily air strikes and bombardment. Syria has become the world's largest producer of both internally displaced people and refugees. Syria's children need our help now more than ever.
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