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Syrian Conflict Has Adverse Effects on Children, Aid Group Says

Syrian refugee children wait for the arrival of U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi at their camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in Hatay province September 18, 2012.Syrian refugee children wait for the arrival of U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi at their camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in Hatay province September 18, 2012.
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Syrian refugee children wait for the arrival of U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi at their camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in Hatay province September 18, 2012.
Syrian refugee children wait for the arrival of U.N.-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi at their camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in Hatay province September 18, 2012.
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Aid group Save the Children is warning about the effects of the conflict in Syria on the nation's children, saying they have been the target of attacks and witnessed the deaths of family members.

The head of the organization says "horrific acts of violence" are being committed against Syrian children, and that they need special care to help them recover.  The group is also calling on the United Nations to better document rights violations against children.

U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi painted a bleak picture of the crisis Monday, telling reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council that "the situation in Syria is very bad and getting worse."

Brahimi also reiterated previous comments that the conflict is a threat to both the region and the world.  He added that while he has some ideas on how to lessen the crisis, he has yet to formulate a plan that will lead to a solution.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said outside the briefing Monday that the effects of the conflict on neighboring countries are a concern, and that it is necessary for the Syrian opposition to unite.

"We have to work with all we can and we have to do our utmost to finish the violence in Syria," Westerwelle said. "But on the other hand it is also important to be wise, that we do not run into a conflagration in the whole region."

The briefing came during another day of violence in Syria.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 140 people were killed across Syria on Monday.

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by: Anonymous
September 26, 2012 8:23 AM
The leader of Russia Putin and leader of China Hu Jintao both deserve a smack across the face by a mother live on television for the world to see, for their inaction to save the men women and children in Syria. They need a serious wakeup call. It's all good to them so long as their families arent living in Syria...


by: Anonymous
September 26, 2012 8:13 AM
If Assad had just easily stepped down, and showed what is the best interest of his people none of this would be happening. Instead Assad is crumbling and trying to do anything he can to stay in power. What Assad is trying to do, just won't work not now, nor forever in the future. Every day Assad is creating more enemies than he is killing people. Assad will never win the hearts and minds of the Syrian people, so he may as well just pack his bags and run away now. The table is beginning to turn and the FSA is advancing on him. The world unites (except Russian President and China President) in an Anti Assad future for Syria. The people of Russia and people of China also want Assad out, just the presidents think otherwise.
The world loves the Syrian people and their culture. Assad will pay through the nose for the damage he has caused in Syria. The Russians and Chinese governments will pay too one way or another for allowing atrocities to take place.

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