Youngsters and their families have been held hostage in “open-air prisons” where groups illegally using siege tactics as a weapon of war to prevent food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies from crossing checkpoints.
A shocking report released by Save the Children has revealed to what extent Syria’s five-year conflict has shattered its residents’ lives.
And it’s findings show that it is Syria’s children who are bearing the brunt of the country’s brutal and lengthy conflict.
The charity is now calling for the use of sieges to be immediately stopped to ensure the safe passage for humanitarian groups to deliver aid to desperate residents.
Children in towns under siege are being denied a childhood as they are forced into work on farms or workshops and to scavenge the streets for scraps of food.
Other youngsters have resorted to petty crime to make ends meet.