Save the Children responds to dominic raab's statement

Save the Children, 15th October 

 

In response to Dominic Raab’s statement in Parliament on the situation for British children in North East Syria where he said “we are looking in relation to orphans and unaccompanied minors to whether they can be provided safe passage to return, because as he said it is utterly unfair that such innocents should be caught in the crossfire,” please find below a statement from Save the Children:

Alison Griffin, Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Campaigns said:

“It’s really encouraging to hear the Foreign Secretary say that British orphans should be helped to recover in the UK. He also says that it is ‘utterly unfair that such innocents should be caught in the crossfire’. All children in Syria who have fled ISIS-held areas are swept up in horrific events far beyond their control. Those with parents are as innocent as those who have been orphaned. All of their short lives have been full of violence and fear and all deserve safety and care. Today’s statement can and must be the first step towards bringing all British children currently in North East Syria to the UK to recover and have a future. As the conflict intensifies, the opportunity to get them home may be slipping away. That’s why Save the Children is launching a petition calling on the UK Government to act now.”

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