Charity group Save the Children has released a shocking report, entitled 'Untold Atrocities, The Story of Syria's Children', which reveals shocking atrocities committed against children. The report based on personal accounts, reveals that many children in Syria have faced torture, imprisonment and abduction from both the Bashar al-Assad regime and the opposition groups during the 18 month civil war.
A Save the Children's spokesperson said: "The stuff I've heard from children is absolutely appalling. I've heard of children as young as 10 being tortured. I've heard of children, as young as eight, helping to remove dead bodies from rubble with their own hands."
The report revealed that some children were even given electric shocks, while tormenters made them watch the dying moments of other children, and that nearly all the children had witnessed the death of at least one family member.
The Save the Children study also coincides with the start of the UN General Assembly's annual meeting, ahead of which Lakhdar Brahimi, UN and Arab League special envoy to Syria, said the situation in the country is extremely bad and getting worse. The veteran Algerian diplomat, who has visited Syrian refugee camps in neighbouring countries, once again stressed the need for a complete change in the political atmosphere of the country.
Written and presented by Ann Salter.