The Straits Times
Published on Sep 25, 2012

Syrian kids 'badly traumatised': Aid agency


AMMAN (AFP) - A global children's aid agency warned on Tuesday that Syrian children are being "badly traumatised" after witnessing killings, torture and other atrocities in their country's brutal conflict.

Save the Children said it has collected "shocking testimony" revealing that "children have been the targets of brutal attacks, seen the deaths of parents, siblings and other children, and have witnessed and experienced torture."

"Horrific acts of violence are being committed against children in Syria.

These children need specialist care now to help them recover from their shocking experiences," said Ms Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children.