Save the Children statement on UK government funding to Syrian refugees

Tue, 2012-08-07 15:46 -- media

Save the Children's Chief Executive, Justin Forsyth said today:

Tuesday, 7 August 2012 - 3:44pm

"We welcome the news that the UK government is giving more aid to thousands of families fleeing the horrific violence in Syria. Save the Children is on the ground working with refugees in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and over half of those arriving are children.

"It is taking a massive humanitarian effort by all involved and aid agencies are at risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people in need.

"We also know that many, many more families are trapped inside Syria itself and despite this helpful cash injection, we still need open and unfettered humanitarian access right away so that we can give urgent help and medical care to children caught up in the fighting. Our expert teams have stockpiles of humanitarian aid and are ready to move the moment permission is granted."

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