Save the Children have issued an urgent appeal to the UN ahead of today's assembly to act to stop the escalating conflict in Syria. The appeal comes as they released a report called Untold Atrocities, a first-hand account of the crisis from children who have fled the country.
The report was based on interviews with children who have been a victim of the war waged by President Assad against his own people. The children told harrowing accounts of their experiences and that of their peers and recounted incidents of torture: of being used by the army as human shields on tanks, of having their fingernails pulled off and being burned with cigarette stubs.
They were interviewed with the remaining members of their families at the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan .
Ali's family left Syria because of shelling by the government troops on his home. A few days before the family came to Jordan, two of his cousins were killed: a 17-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. He said he could not remember how many times his house was shelled. He described becoming 'more brave' every time the armed men came to their home.
14-year-old Hassan was injured in rocket attack at a funeral. He witnessed a massacre that killed his cousin and uncle. He described soldiers using children as human shields and was one of several children interviewed who described how militia from the Assad regime would torture younger boys.
Omar says his family left because of the shelling, which was so bad his family slept outside their house at night. His nine-year-old cousin was killed when her house was shelled.
Nur's family lived in Deraa and have been subjected to attacks by tanks, air strikes, missles, and bombs. Nur said she was terrified of the shelling and hid with her family and neighbours in a shelter before the family fled. She said she has nothing to go home to as she does not believe there could be any buildings left.
15-year-old Khalid described being tortured by Syrian government troops. He was arrested, taken to his former school and held in a room with 100 young men and boys as young as 12-year-old for several days with no food and water. His hands were tied and he was hung by his wrists from the ceiling.