Renewed pressure needed to stop atrocities against children in Syria, says World Vision
MISSISSAUGA, ON (February 5, 2014) - With the release of a scathing United Nations report on the impact of the Syrian
crisis on children, World Vision is calling on the international community to
put renewed pressure on all parties to the conflict to take immediate action to
children in Syria are being killed, detained, recruited into armed forces,
denied access to education and healthcare and separated from family members,
according to the report. Less than a week after the
failure of the first round of the Geneva II peace talks on the Syrian conflict,
World Vision says the international aid community is becoming increasingly
dismayed at the lack of collective action.
new report from the Secretary General highlights the fact that all parties to
the conflict in Syria are committing atrocities against children. Our global
conscience is scarred by their suffering,” says Steffen Horstmeier, World
Vision’s acting Regional Response Director for the Syria crisis. “All world
leaders with influence over parties to the conflict must leverage their
influence to demand the immediate cessation of attacks on children.”
people in Syria are trapped in insecure areas, where aid cannot reach them.
Outside of Syria, the scale of the humanitarian need for refugees is
overwhelming, and increasing,” says Horstmeier. “As this crisis enters its
fourth year, we must collectively renew pressure for parties to the conflict to
work toward a peaceful end to the conflict and, immediately, to stop attacks on
children, schools, hospitals and all other blatant violations of international
- The United
Nations estimates 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as
a result of the Syrian conflict – more than half of these are children.
- More than 2.4 million people have fled Syria to
neighbouring countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. Thousands
more cross the border each day.
- World Vision is providing humanitarian assistance
to more than 300,000 people in Jordan, Lebanon and within Syria, including food
vouchers, shelter kits and sanitation and hygiene supplies.
who wish to support World Vision’s relief efforts in Syria can contribute
through our Syrian Refugee Crisis Fund or our Raw Hope
program. Please visit www.worldvision.ca for more details.
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