No Words

UNICEF’s “statement” on mass casualties of children in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta consisted of 10 empty lines, with quotation marks to represent missing text, CNN reports.

An editorial note explaining the blank statement reads:

“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?”

The relentless bombardment of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta by Bashar al-Assad’s regime has killed at least 250 civilians in the last 2 days. Amnesty International called the attacks “flagrant war crimes,” amid fears that the escalation signals the regime’s intent to wipe out the rebel-held enclave.

The terrified faces of the children in this CNN footage say it all.

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