24 February 2014 – Moved by the dire plight of more than 5 million war-traumatized Syrian children – both inside and outside the country – United Nations agencies and their partners today joined forces to urge the world to demand an end to the “relentless horror and suffering” those children face before an entire generation is lost.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision have issued an impassioned appeal to engage at least 1 million voices of support before the war in Syria reaches the end of its third year on 15 March.
The organizations are calling for the public to join in a massive call for action, hosted on www.change.org (http://bit.ly/nolostgeneration). The appeal is directed at all those who have the responsibility and the ability to bring an end to the suffering of children and safeguard their future.
This call to action is the latest endeavour by the UN and its humanitarian partners to sound a global alarm about the impacts of the ongoing bloodshed, homelessness and missed education on Syrian children amidst a civil war that has killed well over 100,000 people and driven an estimated 9 million others from their homes since fighting erupted between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago.
UN News Centre: with breaking news from the UN News Service