|Statement: Save the Children Welcomes Deal Allowing Humanitarian Aid to Reach the Besieged Syrian City of Homs|
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WESTPORT, Conn. (February 7, 2014) — Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, said. “We welcome this important first step in helping those civilians in the besieged city of Homs. However, we must remember that this is only a very limited start to meeting the needs of the many more children and families in Syria who are in also in desperate need of urgent humanitarian assistance.”
“We urge all parties to continue to play an active role in finding a lasting solution to the crisis in Syria,” said Miles.
The urgent need for humanitarian access was reaffirmed once again this week with the release of the United Nations' report on the impact of the civil war in Syria on the country’s children. According to the UN report, at least 10,000 children have been killed and “grave violations against children” have been committed by “all parties to the conflict” since it began in March 2011.
“The UN report highlights the urgent need for all sides to refrain from targeting children. This means not targeting schools or hospitals, not using explosive weapons in populated areas, not recruiting child soldiers and ensuring that all children in need, wherever they are, are able to access humanitarian assistance,” Miles said.
Save the Children is calling on the relevant parties to agree to do three critical things:
- Allow life-saving aid to reach children inside Syria
- Protect schools and health facilities
- Prevent the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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