By LJ HENDERSON-EREATATRA

 

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” – John F. Kennedy

Longer than the Great War, Longer than World War II, the Syrian war is effecting the children in Aleppo horrifically. 312 weeks, 2190 days of bloodshed and haunting sights is just the start for these young human beings. Why are children so badly affected in Aleppo?

President Assad wants to take the city of Aleppo back from rebel forces immediately. As a result, he has continued bombing the city to regain rebel-held areas. However, these bombs are killing and injuring thousands of civilians, half of them being children. With limited numbers of doctors and nurses, its nearly impossible for people to get the immediate medical care that they need. This means children will be placed in a long line, waiting for medical attention. As a result, they may fall victim to infected injuries.

If President Assad regains Aleppo, commercial trades and advertisement will be able to continue. Before the war, Aleppo was the main city of Syria where trade, selling and purchasing was possible. However this all changed when rebel forces earned control over the paradise. Although, even if Assad takes back Aleppo, it will still take many years to repair and mend the city back to its original condition. 

While rebels have control over Aleppo, people will not be able to return to work no matter how desperate they are. As a result, children have been forced into poverty, some without their parents, food or shelter. The only possible way men can earn any money is if they join the rebel forces.

During these times, overseas organisations such as Unicef and Save The Children pitch in and assist the children of Syria and their parents by providing warmth, water, food and shelter so they have a better chance at making it through the war. Follow the links below for more information and to find out how you can help:

Unicef: Syria Six Years On

BBC News: Why are children so badly affected in Aleppo?

Oxfam New Zealand

 

This article was submitted for The Common Room, a place for all young people to share their views. Got something to say? Everyone’s welcome – click here to contribute!

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