Save the Children Statement on Syria Ceasefire Plan

Fairfield, Conn. (September 10, 2016) — “The announcement of a nationwide cessation of hostilities from Monday is very welcome, and couldn’t come soon enough for Syria’s children,” said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Director. “All parties to the conflict must put their interests aside to implement it immediately and fully, with independent monitoring in place to ensure it is being adhered to.

“This cessation of hostilities is desperately needed and it is imperative that parties to the conflict adhere to it, that all besieged and hard to reach areas are able to receive aid immediately, and that hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure are no longer targeted. Children cannot be plunged back into war, hunger and deprivation after a brief reprieve. We must build on this initial ceasefire to move toward sustained humanitarian access and a longer term pause in the fighting. That will allow us to start rebuilding the country’s devastated hospitals and schools.

“Across Syria, more than 250,000 children are estimated to be living under siege. We cannot abandon them. World powers, including the US and Russia, need to put maximum pressure on the parties to the conflict to open up immediate access to those children trapped in places like Madaya and al-Waer. Recent reports of a spate of child suicide attempts in Madaya only drives home the desperation and urgency of the situation.”

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