In this episode I connect with Hana Salama who works for the Oxford Research Group based in London, UK. The organization is a leading independent think-tank that pioneers the idea of sustainable approaches to security as an alternative to violent global confrontation. The group recently published a report named Stolen Futures – the hidden toll of child casualties in Syria. My guest co-authored this report together with Hamid Dardagan, and in our conversation we discuss some of the horrific details that they have compiled and analyzed; the child death toll since 2011, how children are being killed and tortured and how the use of conventional weapons are causing great harm to the civilian population. We also discuss why it´s important to actually document each killing and how such documentation can be an important mechanism for transitional justice.
A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army, near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Picture taken from the report, page 18. ASSOCIATED PRESS/Manu Brabo