Syrian Children: Targeted for Death

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One of the more loathsome horrors of Syria’s civil war has been the deliberate targeting of Syrian children by both pro-government and rebel forces, barbarity which includes imprisonment, rape, torture, sexual abuse, murder, and use as human shields.

That gruesome reality has been chillingly documented in recently released reports by the United Nations and two British-based humanitarian groups working with Syrian refugees, War Child and Save the Children.

While children in war zones are normally caught in the crossfire between opposing forces, the purposeful targeting of young children, according to the July 2012 War Child report, make the Syrian conflict “disturbingly unique.”

A glimpse into that disturbing uniqueness can be seen in the acts of Syrian security forces and pro-regime militias abducting children and imprisoning them in former schools which have been converted into specially designed torture centers.

There, according to a June UN report on children and armed conflict, the children are then “beaten, blindfolded, and subjected to stress positions, whipped with heavy electrical cables, and scarred by cigarette burns.”

One of these victims was a 15-year-old boy named Khalid, tortured in his old school where his father had once been the principal, who said, “They hung me up from the ceiling by my wrists, with my feet off the ground. Then I was beaten. I was terrified.”

In some instances, captors would bind the children’s hands together so tightly that, according to one victim, “the veins in their wrists would start to bleed. I witnessed so many children dying from this torture.”

For some, the maltreatment inflicted was a form of “sexual torture,” sexual violence levied on both boys and girls, some as young as 12, which included “rape, penetration with objects, sexual groping, prolonged forced nudity, and electroshock and beatings to genitalia.”

However, the type of sadistic punishment meted out to the children followed no formal protocol, but rather, according to a child sufferer who was subjected to electric shocks, “depended on what mood these men were in,” adding, “They showed no sympathy, no mercy.”

This abject cruelty was pointedly expressed in the torture and death of a 6-year-old boy named Alaa, who was slated for torture because his father was an anti-government activist wanted by the Syrian regime.

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  • Tanner

    There is no difference between the Syrian pro-government forces and the Syrian Islamic forces. They're all the same in the context of the things they do. They don't act like they're human at all. Why did Obama have to get involved with Libya instead of Syria? Syria should have been the choice for humanitarianism, not Libya. Syria seems to have gotten worse than the Iraq War itself. The fact that both opposition forces are killing children on purpose is something that I can't understand. Which reminds me: where is the outcry from Hollywood? And where is the outcry from the pro-Obama supporters? The Left has a number of important things to worry about instead of focusing on a "film" that supposedly offended the Islamic world. They have got to stop their double-standards now!

  • Suzanne

    I can't think of much worse than to be born into an Islamic country.

    • atthebeach

      Share your sentiments. Of course; having one's own country; taken over by Islamists; not a comforting thought either.
      We can take nothing for granted.

  • PaulRevereNow

    What does that faux human rights organization in New York–the UN–have to say about these unspeakable crimes? And so it goes–one generation abusing the next; where does it end? No more American taxpayer dollars for the UN; and not one cent for Bashir Assad or the Syrian rebels.

  • Ghostwriter

    What a double standard! The Muslim World attacks our embassies for a trailer for a silly film NOBODY in America has ever heard of and yet are silent when kids are being slaughtered in Syria. The whole thing is so ridiculous,it's mind-boggling.

  • Jim

    Did the Prophet Muhammad tell them they could engage in murdering children ???

    • Regina

      No kidding! I've been wondering the same? I mean when you consider the rape jihad..or what happened to Gaddafi and Stevens in particular! I mean rape is one thing, but its just mind blowing that um, Allah, uh.. winks while they violently commit rape in revenge or to punish their victims? They get aroused right? I mean don't we lock people up for crap like that? Not them folks!

  • ElenaG

    It seems both sides of savages took good notes fm Saddam next door!

    I spit on them both!