Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, Syrian Crisis

Glance at Covid-19:

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is approaching another bleak milestone, currently standing at 12.5 million. Much of the current increase in new cases continued to be driven by the worrying surge in the US. High numbers of new infections in Brazil, India and Mexico have also contributed to the growth in cases.

The US’s inability to get a grip on Covid-19 cases has been demonstrated by the number of total Covid-19 cases now exceeding the three million mark, with daily infection rates regularly running at around 50,000. Most notable has been the reintroduction of restrictions in various states in the US where the virus has surged once again. The overall picture of relative stability in Europe is masking local outbreaks in various towns and cities across the continent and resulting in borders between European states that had previously been reopened being closed once again.

(NCHC Covid Dashboard)

Syrian crisis: another heaven for children

(UNICEF)

Last week, we talked about the miserable children under Yemen crisis. However they’re not alone considering that the Syrian children continue to pay the heaviest price. Let’s have a regard.

After nine years of conflict, the Syrian crisis continues to have a huge impact on children inside Syria, across the region and beyond. Every Syrian child has been impacted by the violence, displacement, severed family ties and lack of access to vital services caused by massive physical devastation.

The risks of malnutrition and food insecurity after years of conflict have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is also causing significant disruption to education due to measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

How have children been affected?

The Syrian crisis remains first and foremost a protection crisis. Grave violations of children’s rights – recruitment, abductions, killing and maiming continue unabated. On average, a child in Syria has been killed every 10 hours due to violence. Meanwhile, nearly 6 million Syrian children have been born since the crisis began, growing up knowing nothing but war and displacement.

Sources: https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/syrian-crisis

https://www.evaluate.com/covid-19-daily-update

Written by Honghong

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