21.01.2016 | Press Release

5 Years of Civil War in Syria

Welthungerhilfe: We have to end the people’s suffering.

Welthungerhilfe has been providing humanitarian aid for Syrian civil war victims since November 2012.
Welthungerhilfe has been providing humanitarian aid for Syrian civil war victims since November 2012. © Ralph Dickerhof
Simone Pott Team Communications

Welthungerhilfe, together with more than 100 international aid organisations, is calling for an end of the people’s suffering in Syria. An urgent appeal is sent out to all involved warring parties to ensure access to humanitarian aid, to stop the shelling of hospitals and schools and to immediately end the siege of cities. Since the beginning of the war, five years ago, life expectancy in Syria has decreased by 13 years, and one in two Syrians is dependent on food aid.

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„As long as there is no political solution to this war, we need to massively increase the humanitarian aid and provide financing on a long-term basis. We must not repeat the error that the United Nations will have to reduce the daily diets for refugees due to a lack of money”, claims Bärbel Dieckmann, President of Welthungerhilfe. Until today, pledges to United Nations’ humanitarian aid appeals in 2015 have been paid to only almost 60 per cent.

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Welthungerhilfe demands more money for the education of children in the neighbouring countries must be made available. “Often, children cannot attend classes, because there is no money for bus transport. We must not allow the rise of a lost generation”, says Dieckmann. Concurrently, refugees in the neighbouring countries must have a chance to generate a legal income.

With #SyriaCrisis, the signing aid organisations call upon citizens worldwide to raise their voice for an end of the Syrian people’s suffering after more than five years.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for ‘Zero Hunger by 2030’. Since its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations

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