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ORG Media Coverage - Read and Watch: 'More Than 11,000 Children Killed' and 'Children Targeted by Snipers' in Syria War

Vera Evertz
28 November 2013

Our report, Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria, launched on 24 November 2013, received substantial media coverage. The report and interviews with authors, Hana Salama and Hamit Dardagan, made news headlines and newspaper frontpages around the globe.

Releasing new figures based on an analysis of 11,420 recorded child deaths in Syria, our study highlights the major ways in which boys and girls across all age groups are being killed in the conflict

Among other findings, 'Stolen Futures' reveals that:

  • 1 in 10 deaths in the Syrian conflict is a child.
  • Explosive weapons have been the cause of more than 7 out of every 10 child deaths in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 until August 2013.
  • Small arms fire accounts for more than one quarter of the total.
  • Children have been caught in cross fire, targeted by snipers, summarily executed and in some cases, even tortured.

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'Stolen Futures' received several thousand mentions, including in most of the international leading broadcast, print and online media, and wires. It was also picked up widely in blogs and social media.

Please read on for a few coverage samples from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), AFP (Agence France Press), NYT (New York Times), CNN (Cable News Network). Please note that some of the video images may be distressing.

 

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24 November 2013

Syria Conflict: Children 'Targeted by Snipers'

 

Teenage boys most at risk in what Lyse Doucet says is a 'war on childhood'

 

More than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says.

Summary executions and torture have also been used against children as young as one, the London-based Oxford Research Group think tank says.

The report says the majority of children have been killed by bombs or shells in their own neighbourhoods.

It wants fighters trained in how not to put civilians' lives at risk.


'Plea to all sides'

Their report, Stolen Futures - the Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria, examines data from the start of the conflict in March 2011 to August 2013.

Of the 11,420 victims aged 17 and under, 389 were killed by sniper fire.

Some 764 were summarily executed, and more than 100 - including infants - were tortured, the report says.

Boys outnumbered girls among the dead by around two to one. Boys aged 13 to 17 were most likely to be victims of targeted killings, the report says.

The highest number of child deaths occurred in the governorate of Aleppo, where 2,223 were reported killed.

Report co-author Hana Salama said that the way children are being killed is disturbing.

"Bombed in their homes, in their communities, during day-to-day activities such as waiting in bread lines or attending school.

"Shot by bullets in crossfire, targeted by snipers, summarily executed, even gassed and tortured," she said.The data was provided by Syrian civil society groups recording casualties.

 

The report only considers the deaths of named victims, and only cases where the cause of death could be identified.

But it stresses the figures are incomplete as access is impossible in some areas.

The figures should be "treated with caution and considered provisional: briefly put, it is too soon to say whether they are too high or too low", the report says.

 

Children run after a tank driven by fighters from the Tawhid Brigade, in Aleppo, November 11, 2013
 

These children in Aleppo are living in the midst of war

 
 
Men carry the coffin of one of four Syrian children who were killed Monday in Bab Sharqi neighbourhood, Damascus, Syria (12 Nov. 2013)
 

Mortar fire killed this child in Damascus, along with three others, state media says

 
 
A Syrian woman from the city of Aleppo begs with her daughter Zahra (3) in a wealthy district of Beirut on November 16, 2013
 

Some refugees from Syria are now begging on the streets of Beirut in Lebanon

 
 
Syrian refugee children stand in front of their tents, at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan (5 Nov. 2013)
 

Many Syrian families are living in refugee camps outside the country

 

The conflict in Syria has had a "catastrophic effect" on children in Syria, the report says, and calls for all sides to refrain from targeting civilians and buildings such as schools, hospitals and places of worship.

Amongst its recommendations, the Oxford Research Group also calls for access and protection for journalists and others contributing to the recording of casualties.

More than 100,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.

More than two million Syrians have fled the country; around half of those are believed to be children.

Read this article and watch the video on the BBC website

 


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24 November 2013

More Than '11,000 Children Killed' in Syria War

 

Syrian mourners carry the coffin of a child who was killed by a mortar round in Damascus, on November 12, 2013 (AFP/Photo)

 

(AFP) 24 November 2013 10:26 AM

London — More than 11,000 children have died in Syria's civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious attack and hundreds targeted by snipers, a British think-tank said Sunday

The Oxford Research Group, which specialises in global security, said in a new study that there were 11,420 recorded deaths of children aged 17 years and under.

The report, entitled "Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties in Syria", analyses data from the beginning of the conflict in March 2011 until August 2013.

The think-tank added that, of the 10,586 children whose cause of death was recorded, 128 were killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta, near Damascus, on August 21,2013, in an attack that the United States and other world powers blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Syria has since agreed to destroy its entire chemical weapons arsenal as part of a deal to head off US military strikes.

The think-tank added on Sunday that 764 children were summarily executed and 389 were killed by sniper fire in the conflict.

Explosive weapons have caused more than 70 percent of the child deaths, while small arms fire accounts for more than a quarter, according to the study.

"What is most disturbing about the findings of this report is not only the sheer numbers of children killed in this conflict, but the way they are being killed," said report co-author Hamit Dardagan.

"Bombed in their homes, in their communities, during day-to-day activities such as waiting in bread lines or attending school; shot by bullets in crossfire, targeted by snipers, summarily executed, even gassed and tortured.

"All conflict parties need to take responsibility for the protection of children, and ultimately find a peaceful solution for the war itself."

Oxford Research Group added that the number of boys killed outnumbered girls killed by a ratio of about two to one.

Those children in older age groups were targeted more often than younger children. Boys aged between 13-17 years old were the most frequent victims of targeted killings.

"The data we analysed indicates that bombs and bullets alone ended the lives of ten thousand Syrian children in 30 months of war," added Dardagan.

"The world needs to take a much closer interest in the effects of the conflict on Syria's children."

Read the AFP wire as reproduced by Yahoo.News
 


The New York Times

November 24, 2013

Over 11,000 Children Killed in Syria: Study

By REUTERS

 

LONDON — More than 11,000 children have been killed in Syria since the conflict there began over two and a half years ago, many of them summarily executed or targeted by snipers, a UK-based think tank said in a report published on Sunday.
 

The Oxford Research Group study, which called on all sides in the conflict to stop targeting children, said seven out of 10 of the children killed in the war had lost their lives in shell fire, by aerial bombardment or by improvised explosive devices.

One in four children had been killed by small arms fire, with almost 800 executed and almost 400 targeted by snipers. Over 100, including some of infant age, were reported to have been tortured.

The United Nations puts the overall death toll in Syria at more than 100,000 dead.

"One of the most disturbing things about this is that the evidence shows that children being killed by bullets are being deliberately killed," said Hamit Dardagan, one of the report's co-authors. "They are not being killed in cross-fire."

The report is the first of its kind to break down headline fatality statistics to build up a picture of how children have died in the conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition.

It was released as fierce fighting to the east of Damascus was reported to have killed more than 160 people in the past two days as rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade.

Dardagan said the report's findings showed how pervasive the war had become and how innocents were getting caught up in it.

"The headline figure of over 11,000 deaths will change but the pattern of killing won't," he said.

'Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties in Syria', can be found here: http://ow.ly/r5BUR

(Reporting By Andrew Osborn; Editing by Patrick Graham)

Read this article on the New York Times website

 


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November 24, 2013 -- Updated 1616 GMT (0016 HKT)

More than 11,000 Syrian Children Killed in Civil War, Report Says

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(CNN) -- More than 11,000 children have been killed in the nearly three-year civil war in Syria, including young boys and girls who were tortured and executed, according to a report from a London-based think tank.

The Oxford Research Group said that most of the 11,420 children reported dead were killed in explosions, and many others were shot to death.

Teenage boys were most likely to be the victims of targeted killings, according to the report, entitled "Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria."

"What is most disturbing about the findings of this report is not only the sheer numbers of children killed in this conflict, but the way they are being killed," co-author Hana Salama said in a statement.

More than 1,000 children were either summarily executed (764) or killed by snipers (389), the report found. Some 112 children, even infants, were tortured before being killed.

And what's worse, deaths of children are "mounting," the report said.

Both Syrian troops and rebel groups have been blamed for targeting civilians.

"The world needs to take a much closer interest in the effects of the conflict on Syria's children," Salama said.

The report authors called for the warring sides to stop using explosives in places where children live and play.

The Oxford Research Group said Aleppo Governorate was the site of the most child deaths, with 2,223.

The statistics are taken from the casualty lists of Syrian organizations from March 2011 to August 2013 and include only named victims.

In June, the United Nations said at least 6,500 children had been killed since the start of the war.

"There are ... well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at the time.

The overall death toll topped 100,000 in late July, the U.N. announced.

The U.N. says that more than 2.1 million people have fled Syria, which has about 22.5 million residents.
 

Read this article on the CNN website

 


 

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