21th January 2015 – Today, Terre des Hommes together with more than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
The war in Syria is approaching its sixth year and the bloodshed continues. International NGOs as well as UN agencies are calling for the support of all citizens around the world, not only governments to add their voices in urging all parties to reach agreement on a ceasefire and a path to peace.
More than ever before, the world needs to hear a collective public voice calling for an end to this war. Because this conflict and its consequences touch us all :
- a generation of children and young people who — deprived of education and traumatized by the horrors they have experienced — increasingly see their future shaped only by violence.
- those in Syria, some 13.5 million people inside Syria that need humanitarian assistance. These are 13.5 million individual human beings whose lives and futures are in danger.
- the 4.6 million people who flee to neighbouring countries and beyond. With few options for a better future, set out on perilous journeys to foreign lands in search of refuge.
Those with the ability to stop the suffering can — and therefore should — take action now. Until there is a diplomatic solution to the fighting, such action should include:
– Unimpeded and sustained access for humanitarian organizations to bring immediate relief to all those in need inside Syria
– Freedom of movement for all civilians and the immediate lifting of all sieges by all parties