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The War in Syria Through a Child’s Eyes

The violence continues to terrify the refugees

Bombs on the University of Damascus killed more that 20 students. This latest episode of the Syrian conflict shows how the idea of keeping violence away from the main institutions of the country is completely removed and ignored in reality. The war has reached the capital Damascus, which is affected in the same way as other Syrian cities.

In this climate, the resignation of the head of the rebels and mutual accusations between the regime and the opposition weaken the possibility - increasingly remote - of a civil society in the country.

The continuing violence adds the refugee problem: more than three million Syrians are displaced in their own country, and almost as many are refugees in neighboring states. The refugee camps have poor hygienic and humanitarian conditions, and there are several cases of protests of displaced people. The last one took place on a Turkish territory, on the border with Jordan, causing the death of a child in a burning tent. UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - has started an investigation against Turkey, which is  accused of forcing six refugees, involved in the riots, to leave the field and return to Syria.


The dramatic situation in Syria is demonstrated in a video by the British broadcaster Channel 4, which witnessed the conflict through the eyes of Mohamed Asaf, a child who works in a medical clinic in Aleppo.


1 April 2013

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