Over the past three years, Syria’s people have witnessed and endured unspeakable acts of violence and brutality. In August 2013, the Syrian government - under the authority of President Bashar al-Assad - launched a chemical weapons attack against the opposition-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Today, a suicide bombing at a school in the government-controlled city of Homs has claimed the lives of 41 innocent children. 30 children were under the age of 12, with some as young as 6.
Children in conflict around the world continue to face indiscriminate violence at the hands of extremist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and Boko Haram. According to the United Nations, up to 700 children have been killed or maimed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, while in Nigeria the 200 school girls who were abducted in early April of this year by Boko Haram remain missing.
Youth to End Sexual Violence echoes the Secretary-General’s condemnation for today’s bomb attacks in Homs, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of victims.
Importantly, we urge members of the international community (especially the Syrian government) to redouble their efforts in ending the senseless violence which has overshadowed our efforts to cultivate sustainable peace. We must stand together and collectively denounce these blatant violations of human rights. The gravest injustice is to continue hearing about the suffering of millions and do nothing.