Syria 3 years on – are we losing a generation?

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I know I wonder about the effects on my grandchildren of violent video games.

Imagine the effects on the children of Syria – or the Central African Republic – or South Sudan – when the horrors and violence they see are not virtual, but real.

Surrounded by such violence, Syrian children – millions of whom are without education or the counselling they need to overcome the traumas they have endured – are at risk of becoming a lost generation.

Children of Syria Over one million Syrian children are living as refugees. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1015/Romenzi

Lost, because so many of these children are missing the opportunity to fulfil the dreams they have for themselves.  Lost, because many of these children could come to see violence and hatred as somehow normal – and replicate it as adults.  A generation which could become hardened, not healed – and seek revenge, not reconciliation. This threat to an…

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