14M Children At Risk In Syria; More Funding Needed For Humanitarian Efforts, UNICEF, Aid Groups Say

News outlets report on a statement released by UNICEF and a report published by 21 humanitarian agencies on children at risk in war-torn Syria.

Deutsche Welle: UNICEF warns whole generations of Middle East children are at risk
“About 14 million children across the Middle East are suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. … [UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake] warned that youths in both Syria and Iraq are at risk of being lost to a cycle of violence. … He said the organization would need $9 million (8.5 million euros) for 2015 to help the children in need…” (3/12).

New York Times: 14 Million Children Suffering as Result of War in Syria and Iraq, UNICEF Says
“…Describing 2014 as the worst year yet in the conflict, a report by 21 humanitarian agencies on Thursday said that parties to the conflict had ignored three United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding access for humanitarian assistance, that the number of children needing aid had increased by nearly one-third since the previous year, and that funding for aid agencies had fallen steeply in relation to needs…” (Cumming-Bruce, 3/12).