attacks lead to mass displacement of Syrian families
Phil Carroll 267.992.6356 (M)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 31, 2015) —
Thousands of children and families have been forced from
their homes in the latest round of fighting in Idleb City, Syria, and many more
face imminent displacement as public services have all but collapsed, Save the
Children warned today.
The children’s agency staff have already documented almost
15,000 people who have fled their homes, and it is feared that thousands more
could seek refuge in other parts of the country because of further attacks and
destroyed infrastructure. Staff who were in Idleb City say schools and
hospitals are closed and only a few shops remain open.
Children are at huge risk of injury and death as a result of
the violence, and our staff have witnessed the devastating effects.
"This weekend I stood with a distraught Syrian father as
his 7 year old son, struck by a missile in his home in Idleb City, was
hurriedly wheeled into surgery with massive head injuries,” said Save the
Children’s Syria Country Director Martha Myers. “The father, clutching a
blood-soaked yellow sweatshirt, had no idea where the rest of his family was,
including his 45-day-old baby. As the Save the Children Country Director,
this moment was emblematic of the savage consequences of the Syrian conflict on
its children, and on-going need for the work of courageous Syrian aid
Children are also displaying signs of trauma following days
of intense conflict, with their parents reporting sleeping problems, anxiety
Children staff in the areas of Idleb Governorate where displaced families
are settling have noted that most are currently living with local families,
while others are making their way towards the camps on the northern border with
Turkey. Families are in urgent need of clean water, blankets and mattresses,
clothes and food.
coordination with other agencies on the ground, Save the Children is providing
vulnerable families with access to clean water, blankets, mattresses, cooking
equipment and other essential items. We are also working with local communities
to keep children safe from harm.
Children has been providing support to children and their families in Syria for
more than two years providing more than half a million children with access to
education, healthcare, food, protective services and shelter.
Children calls on the international community to bring all the parties to this
conflict back to the negotiations table for a political solution that would end
the conflict which is the only way to end the suffering for the people of
Syria. We also call on the parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians,
particularly children, are spared from the devastating impacts of the violence,
and that civilian infrastructure like schools and hospitals are not targeted or
used for military purposes.
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