(The Huffington Post) – Saturday marks three years since the start of the bloody civil war in Syria that has made life for children in the area particularly insufferable. Before the violence began, Syrian children held a world of potential in their hands. In March 2011, 97 percent of school-age children were enrolled in school and literacy rates surpassed the regional average, according to a recent UNICEF report. Two years later, just 30 percent of Syrian children had access to education. The number of children affected by the crisis doubled to 5.5 million in the past year, according to UNICEF.