The ongoing outbreak of violence in Syria is killing and maiming children in areas of eastern Aleppo. Moreover, airstrikes are hitting the few remaining hospitals and the use of bunker-busting bombs means children cannot even safely attend schools that are underground.
This is pointed out by Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, who also highlights that:
“Even if the war were to end today, it will take decades to recover from the destruction wrought on Aleppo and across Syria and the psychological wounds to heal from the trauma inflicted on these children. We are probably not talking of a lost generation, but quite possibly of lost generations”.
According to Mr. Mezmur, the continuing attack is a “brutal abdication of the international human rights obligations”.
A warning is also raised by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein:
“all seem to indicate that the ongoing operations are conducted in complete disregard for the most basic standards of international humanitarian law”, the High Commissioner says, calling for extraordinary steps: “I firmly believe that the time has come for strong leadership and bold actions”, including limiting use of security Council veto.
“We stand united by the children of Syria, who are slaughtered, injured and starved. Let’s give a voice to the children of Syria and show them that they are not forgotten”, states MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Co-Chair of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights.
In light of the current situation, Terre des Hommes calls all of the parts involved in the battle to take on the responsibility for the well-being of people in Syria and end the conflict: the situation in Aleppo is dramatic and children are suffering for the ongoing hostilities because all of the parts in the battle are contributing to this humanitarian disaster.
Terre des Hommes organisations are present in Syria and run projects to offer protection and care to children affected by war: the assistance is focused on food parcel distribution and psychosocial support for the children and their families.
The latest reports of Terre des Hommes warn that food is beginning to run out in eastern Aleppo: “some families have only one meal a day and queues of civilians are growing in front of bakeries since early morning hours in order to get a bag of bread despite the risk of being involved in the ongoing hostilies.
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