Access to Millions at Risk in Syria Must Become a Priority, Save the Children Says, as UN Announces Largest-Ever Humanitarian Appeal
Gaining access to the millions of children trapped in Syria and at acute risk must become the international community’s priority, Save the Children said today, as the UN launched the largest emergency funding call in its history.
Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles walks with two boys in the Domiz Refugee Camp on a recent visit to northern Iraq to meet with Syrian refugees. Photo by Sebastian Meyer/Getty Images
“What the UN announced today was the price tag of our collective political failure to end this conflict,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “But money alone will not be enough: the international community must make securing better access for aid agencies to the worst-affected areas of Syria an urgent priority. It is the children of Syria who are bearing the real cost of this war. Growing numbers are being killed and maimed, denied education and forced to flee their homes.”
According to the latest UN report, massacres are now happening inside Syria at the rate of one a week. Nothing can undo the horrors that children in Syria have faced, but we must ensure that full access is granted to humanitarian organizations to get aid to those most desperately in need.
(Carolyn Miles is available for interviews and recently travelled to Jordan and Iraq to meet with Syrian refugees.)
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