That was the one word reply VOM's Sabina Wurmbrand gave when a friend of mine once asked her to describe the tragedy in Sudan.
Tears are what I have today for Syria's children.
The United Nations has just released its first report on children in Syria's civil war and it comes of no suprise that kids there are suffering. What is astonishing is that not only have thousands been killed, but many have been maimed, tortured, and some have fallen victim to sexual abuse.
The U.N. report examined the period from March 1, 2011 (around the time the civil war started) to November 2013.
The conclusion? According to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad government has been responsible for the "arrest, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and torture of children."
Children as young as 11 years old were reportedly beaten with "metal cables, whips and metal batons." The report also states that electric shock was administered to their genitals, fingernails, and toenails were ripped out.
Syrian children have also been victims of "sexual violence including rape and threats of rape." Cigarette burns, sleep deprivation, tied up and suspended from ceilings. The list of tortures inflicted on the children goes on and on.
Moon also says armed opposition groups have recruited and used children "in both combat and support roles."
In Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan--I've seen the trauma in the blank stares of many Syrian refugee children. Without counseling, these kids will continue to suffer for a lifetime. An entire generation is now growing up without education.
What will the future bring for these precious little ones?
You and I can make a difference. Relying on diplomats to negotiate peace in Geneva is not enough. As Christians, we need to get on our knees and pray, and then ask Christ how He wants us to respond.
Helping is not an option. It's a requirement of our faith.
Watch this short video of some of these wonderful Syrian kids. The heart of each one breaks from the "unspeakable horror" they've endured. Yours should too.