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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 protect children.

Countless 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.


 “This 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.”

 “Innocent 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 law.” 

Quick Facts:

  • 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.

Canadians 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 for more details.

Media Contacts:

Bob Neufeld (Mobile: 647-622-2045)         

Tiffany Baggetta (Mobile: 416-305-9612)  


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