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Why Children Face The Greatest Danger From Chemical Weapons

The effects of such weapons are more devastating for a number of reasons. And if children survive, they suffer from the trauma of the attack for far more years because they have more years to live.
A Syrian child is treated at a hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman after a suspected chemical attack on April 4. Source: Mohamed Al-Bakour

In a suspected chemical weapon attack like the one in Syria on Tuesday, children are the most vulnerable targets. They are more likely than adults to die from chemical agents and to suffer injures. If they survive, they also suffer from the physical and mental trauma of the attack for far more years than adults simply because they have more years left to live.

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