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, June 7, as the UN launched an emergency funding call.
“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.”
Two million children trapped inside Syria are innocent victims of a bloody conflict that has already claimed 70,000 lives, Save the Children warned, saying these children are under constant risk of malnutrition, disease, trauma and early marriage. (Read: Using Social Media to Save the Children in Syria)
According to the latest UN report, says Save the Children, 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.
Save the Children is a leading, independent organization that helps children in need in the United States and around the world.
In the picture above: 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
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