This post is part of Global Voices special coverage Syria Protests 2011/13
During the last 10 years, around 10 million children are estimated to have been killed as a result of war, reports the Children’s Rights Portal. The site categorizes child war victims as civilian victims, soldiers, displaced, Orphans, wounded or handicapped, imprisoned and exploited children (sexual exploitation or even forced labor). Despite the fact that the right of children of survival and protection are guaranteed according to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA), and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which signed on 20 November 1989, but children loses are been reported.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 19: State Parties must “take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence”
Since March 2011, when Syrian revolution erupted against Assad regime, the children of Syria were among the first victims of violence, torture, and killings. According to HRW report: “We’ve Never Seen Such Horror” on June 2011:
The protests first broke out in Daraa in response to the detention and torture of 15 children accused of painting graffiti slogans calling for the government’s downfall. In response and since then, security forces have repeatedly and systematically opened fire on overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrators. The security forces have killed at least 418 people in the Daraa governorate alone, and more than 887 across Syria, according to local activists who have been maintaining a list of those killed. Exact numbers are impossible to verify.
Ever since, 4355 Syrian children been killed (up to 15/1/2013) according to Latest report released by Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution Database. Besides thousands wounded, detained, or left without family, nor for medical aid and humanitarian assistance to reach them. In this regard, Human Rights Watch has an evidence Shows Cluster Bombs Killed Children used by regime air forces.