A massacre in the Syrian town of Houla has left 32 children under ten dead. Enough is enough. The killing in Syria must stop now.
Saturday 26 May 2012
A massacre in the Syrian town of Houla has left at least 90 people dead, including 32 children, many of whom were under ten.
This outrage comes during a supposed ceasefire and is one of the worst incidences of violence since fighting began in Syria in March last year.
Enough is enough. The killing has to stop, right now.
"The deaths in Houla of so many innocent children is horrifying and totally unacceptable," said Save the Children's Chief Executive Justin Forsyth.
"This indiscriminate killing must stop now. The world cannot sit back and allow this to happen. Children are suffering terribly.
"We urge all sides to observe the ceasefire to prevent this senseless slaughter.”
We're calling for the international community to unite behind Kofi Annan's efforts to bring peace.
We urgently want to see a new UN Security Council resolution that demands all parties involved in the conflict bring an immediate end to the violence.
The resolution should also guarantee open and unfettered humanitarian access to Syria to reach the many thousands of children who are terrified and in urgent need of medical care.
How we're helping Syria's children right now
Thousands of children have been affected by the violence in Syria, including the children pictured above, who were caught up in intense fighting in Homs in February.
Many have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries.
Our teams are on the ground in Lebanon and Jordan providing relief to Syrian refugee children.