"In eastern Aleppo, these terrible attacks and bombings are killing and injuring many children. UNICEF can confirm that since last Friday alone, at least 96 children have been killed in attacks, and more than 220 injured – many gravely injured," says Kieran Dwyer, UNICEF spokesperson in Syria who is in daily contact, from the capital Damascus, with UNICEF colleagues and partners in Aleppo, including medical staff who are trying their best in unimaginable circumstances to save the lives of children.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2016) – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.
“The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”
The health system in Eastern Aleppo is crumbling with some 30 doctors left, hardly any equipment or emergency medicine to treat the injured, and an ever increasing number of trauma cases.
Denise Shepherd-Johnson, an award-winning broadcast journalist and news anchor, joined UNICEF in 1992 as a national officer in Barbados, and went on to serve as communications chief in Kenya, Somalia and Cambodia before assuming her current post as Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Civic Engagement for UNICEF Afghanistan.
“Why would I want to make you sad?” she asked. “If I did want to make you sad, I would tell you the story of when we got on the boat.”
These are the words of 7-year-old Malak, a girl forced to flee her home in Syria, but they reflect the emotions and experiences of millions of children around the world.
Update 9/27: U.N. inter-agency convoys reach children in four beseiged towns
Convoys reached four Syrian towns yesterday, delivering urgently needed humanitarian assistance— including critical UNICEF supplies — to 60,000 people in Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya.
UNICEF delivered health, nutritional supplements, hygiene supplies, educational supplies and children’s clothes. In Madaya, UNICEF screened children for malnutrition.
NEW YORK (September 20, 2016) – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers.
“The inter-agency convoy was carrying desperately needed humanitarian supplies for tens of thousands of people in extreme need.
“Trucks carrying UNICEF health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies were severely damaged in the attack.
On September 19, leaders from more than 180 nations convened in New York for the United Nations' first-ever summit on refugees and migrants — in the shadow of the largest humanitarian crisis of displacement since World War II. Today, they will reconvene at the invitation of U.S.