AMMAN, 1 JULY 2021 -- "We call on the United Nations Security Council to authorise and expand for 12 months the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid to northern Syria. The vote is due by 10 July. Failing the renewal, the already dire situation of over 1.7 million vulnerable children in the area will get far worse.
"Syria is no safe place for children. Without the cross-border assistance, children will be denied life-saving assistance, their protection and access to water, hygiene, medical support and education will be severely hampered.
"Children in the northeast of Syria face an equally dire situation. Needs have grown by nearly one-third since the closing of a critical border point allowing aid to the area. The Security Council must urgently address ongoing challenges to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the northeast.
"Now is not the time to scale back life-saving assistance to children in Syria. Humanitarian needs have skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Nearly every child in Syria now depends on assistance. Meanwhile, indiscriminate attacks continue, putting millions of children in danger. So far, at least 12,000 children- and likely many more- have been killed or injured across the country.
"We call on the United Nations Security Council to authorise and expand cross-border assistance for 12 months. All modalities of assistance, cross-border and crossline, are essential to meet rising needs and allow humanitarian partners to deliver assistance to children in need wherever they are in the country. The lives of millions of children in Syria depend on this decision.
Heartland Alliance International
International Rescue Committee
International Organization for Migration
Save the Children
World Vision International
Notes to Editors
- The impact of conflict continues to deepen across Syria. In the last year alone, we have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of children in need. More than half a million children under the age of five are stunted due to chronic malnutrition, while nearly 2.5 million children are out of school.
- More than 2.4 million people in the northwest are reached every month with assistance from across Syria's borders. This includes not only medical supplies, water, hygiene and food assistance, but also educational support, like books and stationery, fuel for schools, for 78,000 children.
- Through cross border assistance, nearly 53,000 children and women benefit from services to tackle domestic violence and sexual abuse. Another 20,000 women and girls may face reduced access to activities aimed at preventing gender-based violence.
- Humanitarian organizations face an unprecedented funding crunch threatening their response to the Syria crisis. Only 15 per cent of funding of the financial requirements have been received so far. This includes operations inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Regional Chief of Communications
Syria Response Advocacy and Communications Director
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