MFA Statement Strongly Condemning the Recruitment and Use of Children in the Syrian Conflict
The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) stands with remarks by Panos Moumtzis, United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, on the Secretary General’s Country Report on Children and Armed Conflict in Syria, 2013 - 2015 in strongly condemning the recruitment and use of children in the Syrian war.
The recently released Secretary General’s report underscores the yearly increase in grave violations against children by all parties to the conflict active in Syria. According to the report, in the first six months of 2018, one in four recruited children involved boys and girls under the age of 15 –a war crime and prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.
“Between November 2013 and June 2018, the Syria Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) on grave violations against children verified more than 7,000 children killed or maimed by the conflict. More than 350 schools and more than 340 hospitals were attacked – sometimes several times; over 3,300 children recruited or used and more than 400 education, medical or humanitarian personnel killed, injured or abducted."
Read the full UN statement here.