Save the Children has launched a campaign to increase global pressure to stop the killing in Syria and ensure children there have full access to humanitarian aid.
Save the Children’s chief executive said: “It is time to stop the killing in Syria. We know children have already lost their lives, and others have been badly wounded. Children in Syria will be deeply scarred by their experiences and need urgent help. Save the Children is getting aid to children who have escaped Syria to neighbouring countries, but we cannot reach those still in the country. We need people around the world to join us in calling for an immediate end to the violence so we can get urgent help to children in Syria.”
Children have been killed and injured in fighting across the country. Others have been trapped in their homes for weeks, and are likely to be frightened, thirsty and cold. Save the Children says all children - even those in conflicts - have rights and must be protected. It is urging that humanitarian agencies are given unfettered access to help children in need.
The campaign asks people to text their support for an immediate halt to violence in Syria and calls for open access for humanitarian agencies across the country. People can also join the campaign by signing an online petition, or tweeting their support on social media by using the hashtag #stopkilling.
Save the Children is working on the Syrian border in Lebanon and Jordan, running safe places for children to play and working with schools and teachers to help counsel children who have been through distressing experiences. We are prepared to enter Syria if given permission.
Sign the petition at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/stop-the-killin...