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Statement on first aid convoys to reach besieged city of Darayya, Syria


Thursday, 2 June 2016 - 12:30pm

Sonia Khush, head of Save the Children in Syria, said:

“Starving Syrian children can’t eat more empty words and hollow promises. The international community set today as the deadline to get vital aid into besieged areas, yet malnourished families are still being denied food aid. It’s good news that people in Darayya today received their first official aid delivery since 2012, but it is shocking and completely unacceptable that the trucks are prevented from bringing any food.

"People we have spoken to in Darayya tell us of children reduced to skin and bones, too weak and hungry to stand up. Many other areas are cut off from aid and getting worse as we speak – there are more than 4.5 million people inside Syria who are still trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, and in the last month only three per cent of them received any UN aid at all. People desperately need aid and they must not be made to wait a moment longer. The international community cannot let another deadline slide by – it must step up pressure on the parties to the conflict to allow full and sustained humanitarian aid.”

For more information or to set up an interview with Sonia, please contact a.klein@savethechildren.org.uk or 07587038492.