Aleppo: CARE calls for urgent assistance to evacuees
Dec 15, 2016
CARE welcomes the announcement of a new ceasefire in Aleppo this morning.
For the sake of the civilians, we ask the parties to make sure that this ceasefire lasts for much longer than just a few hours. There have been many disappointments over promises made during the past few days and weeks. Parties to the conflict can’t toy with the life and hopes of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
There are reports on the Syrian government and its allies hindering the evacuation process, including that of the wounded. The evacuation seems to be happening but not as urgently as it needs to be.
We call on the UN and its partners to urgently prepare to meet the needs of evacuees. Civilians from Aleppo have been deprived from everything. They will need shelter, food, and medicine. They have suffered from atrocities and are traumatized. They will also need psyco-social support. We call on a rapid coordination of the humanitarian actors working in this region, and for immediate access to those in need.
We should keep in mind that this evacuation agreement cannot erase months of illegal besiegement as well as years of brutal, indiscriminate bombing. The violations of international humanitarian laws must stop now. Today it is Aleppo, tomorrow it might be another Syrian city. Hundreds of thousands more civilians could be targeted, injured and killed. It can’t continue like this.
Atrocities have continued on an unprecedented scale in Aleppo and will happen again in other parts of Syria unless there is urgent action from the international community that it will not tolerate the inhumane situation in Syria anymore.
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