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Why Syria's youngest refugees need more than just food aid

The Syrian refugee children spread in Syria’s neighboring countries are at risk of becoming isolated and violent and need extensive psychological rehabilitation.

ISTANBUL — The war in Syria has gone on for almost five years. The Syrian Human Rights Observatory reported Oct. 16 that the death toll has passed a quarter of a million people in Syria, including 74,426 civilians, among them 8,062 women and 12,517 children.

In July, the United Nations estimated the number of Syrian refugees at more than 4 million, or one-sixth of the pre-war population. Among those who escaped the raging conflict in their country and sought refuge abroad, around 2 million Syrian children have been deprived of their right to education and a normal life. The UN adopted programs to integrate these children into schools in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon and give them a chance to recover from their experiences.

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