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Conn. (Sept. 25, 2016) – Humanitarian
partners in Eastern Aleppo have told Save the Children that approximately half
of the casualties they are pulling from the rubble or treating in hospitals are
One hospital said that 43 percent of the injured they
treated yesterday were children, and the ambulance crew with Shafak, a Syrian
NGO, said more than 50 percent of the casualties they have picked up in the
last 48 hours are children.
Doctors are working round the clock to try to save
them, but children are dying on the floors of hospitals due to critical
shortages of basic medicines and equipment, including ventilators, anaesthetics
and antibiotics. Severe cases need to be transferred out of Eastern Aleppo for
treatment, but all roads are blocked.
The information they have provided paints a picture of
unimaginable violence and suffering for children and their families, as the UN
Security Council meets for an emergency session on Aleppo.
Dr. Abu Rajab, who works at a hospital in the besieged
enclave, said that of 67 injured patients that came in yesterday, 29 were
children. Five children died because the hospital did not have enough
ventilators to treat them. This morning (information received at 7 a.m. EDT),
17 more patients had come in.
Dr. Abu Rajab said (click for full interview): “The
field hospitals where we work are completely full with injured people and
casualties, the majority of them women and children. The patients are on the
floor, with no ventilators for the ones who need oxygen. We have to take the
ventilators from one patient to save another. We have severe shortages [of
medicines and equipment] and exhausted medical staff who are working above
human ability, 24 hours a day.”
“Through you, we are
calling for immediate help, calling all humans around the world. We demand,
through the Security Council’s platform, to stop the airstrikes on Aleppo city
– the airstrikes which are causing all of this.”
Aid agencies estimated there were at least 100,000
children trapped in eastern Aleppo when the siege was first imposed in June.
Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s Syria Director, said:
“We are witnessing an appalling
atrocity being perpetuated against the children of Aleppo in front of our eyes
today. The failure to protect them and children across Syria will haunt the
international community for decades to come.
“The UN Security Council
has a chance to right the wrong and prevent more suffering when it meets today
in New York. They cannot leave the room until they agree an immediate
ceasefire, with roads opened to allow us to bring desperately needed food,
clean water and medical supplies in.
“There must also be
accountability and justice for what has happened. We support calls for an
independent investigation into the attack on the UN/SARC aid convoy last week.
That investigation should also have the remit to look at whether there have
been other breaches of International Humanitarian Law and war crimes committed
in this latest escalation.”
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