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The Week That Was: The Young Generation

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Another week, another round of exam results for Britain's teens. There were fewer photographs of girls jumping in the air, that particular penchant of the UK press seems reserved for A-Level results day only, but the 600,000 picking up their GCSE grades prompted just as many debates about standards and grades.

Thousands of miles away, a tragic milestone was passing for another generation of children as the UN marked the millionth child forced to flee Syria and its escalating civil war.

As Laura Padoan, who represents the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, blogged for HuffPost UK this week:

"Children make up half of all refugees from the Syrian conflict, the vast majority of them under the age of 11. And these are just the children who have managed to escape across the border to Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, or Iraq. Inside Syria, 7,000 children are believed to have been killed during the conflict. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that a further two million children are displaced but remain inside the country. As the conflict drags on, these children risk becoming Syria's lost generation."

They may be struggling to look after themselves in the numerous refugee camps in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, which house them. Nearly all of them have lost friends and family to the escalating violence, not to mention their homeland. Despite all of this they remain positive in the face of adversity.

Laura writes about 12-year-old Ali, who excitedly chatted to her about Arsenal football club in the same breath he showed off the sniper scars on his legs.

Aya, an 8-year-old refugee, has become a face for the million, filmed by the UN to articulate exactly what life is like for her and those who have also fled the country.

"I love and miss Syria," she says in the video. "They began to bomb our house. We couldn't stay there any longer; we were crying a lot."

As Aya struggles to take care of her disabled sister, and dreams of becoming a doctor, the world's leaders still have no answers to the crisis which engulfs Syria.

With up to 1,300 dead from what most believe was a chemical weapons attack this week, there was as much wrangling over the 'strength' of the UN's letter calling for their weapons inspectors to be given access to the area to as there was debate about what will be done if President Assad and his regime have indeed crossed 'the red line'.

William Hague has made it all too clear that he is in no doubt that chemical weapons were to blame for the rows and rows of bodies that were photographed and sent around the world, Tweeting: "Time is of the essence. Every day without UN access is a day in which evidence can deteriorate or be hidden by those responsible. #Syria"

Now with Assad's former ally Russia joining the international demand for answers, we may be a step closer to a proper debate, and action.

A generation of children demands it.