Syria Crisis: G8 Needs to "Increase Pressure" for Access

Syria Crisis: G8 Needs to "Increase Pressure" for Access

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Syria's children are in desperate need of help, both inside their country and in neighbouring countries where thousands have fled. Photo credit: Jonathan Hyams

WESTPORT, Conn. (June 18, 2013) — "The G8 statement on Syria offers welcome funding to help tackle the enormous humanitarian crisis, but does not go far enough in securing the access so badly needed to deliver this aid. The hard fact remains that millions of Syrians are beyond the reach of aid agencies like Save the Children, and the G8 now needs to increase pressure on all parties to allow unhindered access to the whole country. This new funding can save lives, but the clock is ticking for those trapped beyond the reach of aid agencies, and unless we can secure the access needed to reach them, children and their families will continue to suffer as long as this conflict continues."

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