Damascus, May 21: In a heart-rending story, a 3-year-old Syrian boy succumbed to injuries in a hospital before he uttered his last "extremely-touching" words.
The little boy said, "I'm gonna tell God everything", minutes before he left the world.
His last pics have gone viral on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to a recent report, three million Syrians in Aleppo city have been deprived of drinking water for nine straight days as the rebels have cut off water supplies,
Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving children in Syria with lasting scars, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) had said last year.
"Parents report that their children are experiencing frequent nightmares and exhibiting reckless and aggressive behaviours. Bedwetting is common and children have become more withdrawn and clingy. Their drawings are often violent and angry with images of bloodshed, explosions and destruction," Maria Calivis, Unicef regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, had said.
Whether inside Syria or in the neighbouring countries, in shelters for displaced persons, refugee camps or host communities, Unicef has been working with partners and families to help children regain a sense of security, give them opportunities to express themselves, and help them develop constructive ways to cope with the conflict.
Since last year nearly 470,000 Syrian children have received emotional support in more than 220 child-friendly spaces, as well as in alternative learning environments like school clubs.
Inside Syria, Unicef and partners have kept centres open and functional even in areas where conflict has been most intense like Homs, Dera'a and Aleppo, providing vital support to children experiencing some of the conflict's most intense violence.
Since 2011 uprising in Syria, children have been deliberately being attacked on the orders of President Bashar al-Assad.
Hundreds of children were being held, tortured and interrogated in prisons without medical care.
In the unrest-torn country, Syrian children have been reportedly shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, either held as hostages or as sources of information.
The three-year crisis started in mid-March 2011 when anti- government protesters took to the street calling for reforms, but rapidly evolved into a civil war.