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Children must be protected in Syrian conflict, says UNICEF


NEW YORK, 29 November 2012 – Following reports by Human Rights Watch and others this week that Syrian children are being killed and maimed by cluster bombs and used as fighters and guards,  UNICEF renews its plea that children be protected at all times.

“It is more than disturbing . . . it is outrageous and unacceptable to see the rights of children being violated in these ways,” said Executive Director Anthony Lake.  “The longer this goes on, the more lasting the damage to children, to their future and thus the future of Syria itself.”

UNICEF is working in Syria and four neighbouring countries to deliver essential needs and supplies to hundreds of thousands of children and families.

UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.

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