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Christian Aid comment on Aleppo, Syria: Occasional outrage is not sufficient

19 August 2016 - 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?  Where was our outrage yesterday at jets bombing targets in Hassakah as well as Aleppo.  What is our government doing to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches any of the besieged areas, which the UN promised to reach and which still haven’t had supplies for more than 110 days, according to the UN itself?”

Christian Aid reaffirms its 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.

Ms Guy continued: “A 48-hour ceasefire is a beginning.  It needs to start immediately and it needs to cover the whole country not just Aleppo.   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. 

“What is really needed in Syria is a sustained ceasefire – when infrastructure is demolished by bombardments you cannot 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.”

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. For more info on the Syria appeal please visit the website: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/syria-crisis

If you would like further information please contact Jo Rogers on jrogers@christian-aid.org and 020 7523 2460 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  


 Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk


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