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Samantha Cameron hears 'horrifying' Syrian refugee stories

Samantha Cameron at a refugee camp for Syrians in Lebanon

The UK prime minister's wife Samantha Cameron has heard what she called "horrifying" and "harrowing" stories from child refugees from Syria.

She was visiting Save the Children centres in Lebanon helping parents and children cope with emotional trauma.

"As a mother, it is horrifying to hear the harrowing stories from the children I met today. No child should ever experience what they have," she said.

Mrs Cameron is an ambassador for Save the Children.

Among the youngsters she spoke to were a 10-year-old girl who described seeing her mother die in the rubble of their shelled home and a 13-year-old girl who dragged her uncle's body from the street after he was shot.

Mrs Cameron - who has three children - also heard from a mother whose three-year-old son was shot by a sniper next to his six siblings as they fled Syria in a car.

She said: "With every day that passes, more children and parents are being killed, more innocent childhoods are being smashed to pieces."

Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth, who accompanied her on the visit, said the PM's wife had helped draw attention to the impact of the "terrifying conflict".

"Without more help, and quickly, we risk losing a generation of Syria's children," he said.

It is now more than two years since the escalating conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule, began.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of people have had to flee across the country's borders.

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