الإنتقال إلى: العربية
DayPress
Weather
12/09/2012 Share/Save/Bookmark
Send Print
Syrian Children at Al-Zaatri Refugee Camp (Reuters)
Syrian Children at Al-Zaatri Refugee Camp (Reuters)

EU: 2 Million needy Syrians aren't getting Food

(DP-News - agencies)
UNICEF- As the conflict in Syria has intensified; more people are being pushed out of their homes with no place inside Syria to go so they are fleeing to neighboring countries, the European Union's international aid Chief Kristalina Georgieva said Tuesday.

Two million of the estimated three million Syrians that need food aren't getting it because of the intensifying war and the government's delay in granting visas to international humanitarian workers, Georgieva added.

Kristalina Georgieva called on Syria to issue more visas, and she urged the international community to put more pressure on the government and opposition to respect the laws of war — protect civilians, don't shoot at ambulances, evacuate the wounded, allow entry for humanitarian workers, and allow safe exits for people who want to leave the country.

She told reporters after meeting UNICEF's executive director Anthony Lake that combatants in other conflicts have allowed a "humanitarian pause" to enable civilians to leave and evacuation of the wounded, but it hasn't happened in Syria because there hasn't been enough international pressure.

"Today a million people out of about three million that need food assistance can get it as a result of the bravery of the humanitarian workers," she said. "But two out of three do not get assistance ... because fighting has expanded" and affects more people in more parts of the country, and not enough humanitarian workers are getting visas.

"I have three members of my staff who are still waiting for permission to go there. We just need more helping hands in a crisis that is deepening," Georgieva said.

"In the absence of a political solution it is our duty to work as hard as we can to get more help to people inside Syria, more assistance to those who flee their homes," Georgieva said.

The Syrian government estimates that 1.2 million Syrians are displaced inside the country, and the U.N. says over 250,000 have become refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.

Georgieva said it's critical to get help to Syrians inside the country because otherwise thousands more will leave the country "putting additional risk to fragile situations in neighboring countries."

She said the Syrian government has allowed more U.N. staff and eight international humanitarian organizations to help the Syrian people, along with the Syrian Red Crescent and local groups — but more international aid workers are needed immediately.

The EU just increased its funding for Syria to 190 million euros, 60 per cent for activities inside the country and 40 per cent for refugees primarily in Jordan and Lebanon, Georgieva said.

With additional contributions from its 27 members, the EU is providing over 200 million Euros to Syria, which represents more than 50 per cent of humanitarian contributions to the country, she said.

For his part, Anthony Lake, the head of Unicef, told reporters, “There must be no impunity for anyone on any side.”

Lake said children are disproportionately the victims of conflict — including in Syria. He said UNICEF has assisted over 250,000 people in the country and vaccinated another 250,000.

It is not only the living conditions that are incredibly difficult, but also the emotional distress of long months of deadly conflict. Children have been affected profoundly.

“The majority of Syrian refugee children have witnessed extreme levels of violence and brutality,” says UNICEF Jordan Representative Dominique Hyde.

Signs that the children’s experiences have caused them to suffer can be seen throughout the camp. Children replicate killing scenes while playing. Others screech, cover their faces and frantically seek shelter when planes fly overhead.

UNICEF is also working to protect children, restore a regular routine and address the emotional wounds of Syria conflict.
Add Your Comment !
     
Name:
Comment Title:
Comment:
     

الطقس في سوريا

دمشق


لطيف
القصوى: 28°
الدنيا: 14°
الرطوبة: 68%
<< حالة الطقس في بقية المحافظات السورية
Most Read Most Commented Most sent

Do you support bombing Islamic State guerrillas inside Syria?




The Forum    
حملة بصورتك لون علمك
Review www.dp-news.com on alexa.com
Home | NEWS | ECONOMY | TOURISM | SOCIETY | CULTURE | DIARY | OPINION | NGO
Editor | About DP | Advertising | Contact Us