As the war in Syria enters its tenth year, the conflict’s disproportionate toll on children underscores the generational challenge that lies ahead. An enduring political solution to the conflict remains a distant prospect, but humanitarian interventions to assuage Syrian children’s suffering must be prioritized today. An end to the fighting would be the most impactful development, but in the interim, intensifying efforts to address trauma, diminish early marriage and child labor, and rejuvenate education can help relieve some of the pain and begin to rescue the generation that holds Syria’s future.
A boy migrant from Syria sits in a bus in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Feb. 4, 2017. (AP)
A boy who works as a porter at Al-Hol camp, where families from ISIS-held areas are housed at Hassakeh province, Syria on March 31, 2019. (AP)