In a symbolic move on Tuesday, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund released a blank “statement” in light of the recent airstrikes in Syria, which have claimed the lives of at least 20 children. “Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?” the UN agency asked in a footnote.
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On Tuesday, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a blank “statement” on the Syrian crisis to express its anger over the deadly airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime in the eastern Ghouta area. At least 20 children were killed in the airstrikes, which claimed the lives of over 100 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
UNICEF’s regional director for the region Geert Cappelaere was quoted at the beginning of the symbolic press release: “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones.”
The quote was followed by 10 lines of quotation marks, indicating the lack of text, and then a footnote. “UNICEF is issuing this blank statement,” the footnote explained. “We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage. Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?”
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As reported earlier today by JOL, the airstrikes injured about 470 people, some critically. According to SOHR, the death toll is expected to rise.