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25 August 2016

Christian Aid responds to events in Aleppo

Christian Aid responds to events in Aleppo

Christian Aid has said that occasional outrage is not sufficient in response to the situation in Syria.

Responding to recent events in Syria, Frances Guy, Christian Aid's head of middle east region, said: "We are all shocked at the pictures of young children dragged from rubble, but occasional outrage is not sufficient.

"Where was our outrage every other day that civilians were killed in Aleppo over the last few weeks?

"What is our government doing to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches any of the besieged areas which the UN promised to reach and which have now not had any supplies for more than 110 days according to the UN itself?"

Christian Aid is continuing to call for an immediate 48-hour ceasefire to ensure safe, unimpeded and immediate humanitarian access as a matter of urgency.

However, the aid agency believes this is only the first step and must cover the whole country.

Frances Guy continued: "What is really needed in Syria is a sustained ceasefire – when infrastructure is demolished by bombardments you can't repair water supplies in just two days. 

"Attacks on civilians and medical facilities must stop. There needs to be a real step up of political and diplomatic efforts; the international community must do all it can to ensure an end the conflict.

"The US and Russia promised a political solution by August. The people of Syria deserve better than more missed deadlines and the world's anguish.

"They need respite, an end to bombing and some hope for the future." 

In Lebanon and Iraq, Christian Aid partners continue to support Syrian refugee communities, as well as working with ACT Alliance agencies to support humanitarian efforts taking place in Greece and Serbia.

You can find out more information on the Syria appeal via the Christian Aid website.