Statement on UN Resolution 2139: Act Immediately to Ensure Aid to Syria

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 24, 2014) — Today's damning report by the UN on the implementation of Resolution 2139 unfortunately speaks to what many humanitarian agencies working inside Syria already know: that aid is being blocked at a fatal cost.

Save the Children has helped more than 700,000 people inside Syria, but border closures, violence, threats and arbitrary blockages mean many more people do not receive the food and medicine they need. The UN estimates that 3.5 million people, many of them children, live in areas cut off from outside help. As a result, we are witnessing the kind of horrors never thought possible in 2014: children starving to death, operations without anesthetic, injuries from explosive weapons left untreated.

To deny access to food and medicine in this way is a grave violation of international law by all parties in Syria, effectively a war crime. It's vital that the UN and other humanitarian agencies are able to reach children in need wherever they are — in government or opposition held areas, across borders and across conflict lines. We join UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon in calling on the UN Security Council to act immediately to ensure that aid goes in now.

-Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles

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