Syrian Children at Risks of Mental Health Crisis and Death by War

Humanitarian crises in Syria have directly affected Syrian children. They are at risk of mental health crisis and even death by war.

Al Raqqa, Syria.
A child wears a mask while selling sandals in an open market in Al Raqqa, Syria. (Delil Souleimani/AFP)

ACTNews, SYRIA – Children in Al Raqqa, north part of Syria, still have to suffer in a difficult life. It is because four years after the battle in 2017, the children are still living in damaged homes with severely limited access to clean water, electricity, and education.

At the peak of the bombing campaign, the city faced 150 air raids a day, causing immense damage to the infrastructure and buildings, many of which remain in ruins.

On Tuesday (7/27/2021), according to Sonia Khush, the Syria Response Director for Save the Children, in Raqqa, children and their families live every day in a ruined city, with limited options, amid drought, pandemic, and economic crisis.

Khush also said that children in Raqqa cannot enjoy basic activities or any enjoyment in life or access services such as playing or getting an education to prepare their future. They are even at risk of mental health crisis, injury, and even death by war.

The report says that at least 80 percent of school buildings in Raqqa were damaged, causing difficulty to children in accessing education. It is also worsened by drought in northeast Syria that has caused a public health crisis, with a reported increase in waterborne diseases and challenges in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“I get scared when my children go outside because they might get hurt, so I do not let them go out,” she told Save the Children. There is also a destroyed building here and I’m afraid there will be something like a landmine underneath,” said Aida, a widow and mother of four who lives with her children in a severely damaged house that does not have running water or electricity.[]