In the name of humanity, stop the violence in Syria: Ban

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Secretary-General at the opening of the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria

We are here today to support the women, men and children of Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks Wednesday to a Pledging Conference on Syria taking place in Kuwait.

The Secretary-General lamented that they are suffering terribly, with little end in sight. He warned that the situation in Syria is catastrophic and getting worse by the day, where at least 60,000 people have been killed during the last 22 months.

Secretary-General Ban said four million people are in immediate need; ten per cent of all Syrians have fled from their homes inside the country and more than 700,000 have left Syria; nearly two million children are in need of humanitarian aid.

And he said every day Syrians face a cascading catalogue of horrors: unrelenting violence … dwindling supplies of food and medicine … and human rights violations including sexual violence and arbitrary arrests and detention. The use of heavy weapons in residential areas has destroyed whole communities and neighbourhoods.

But he warned that humanitarian aid cannot solve this tragedy. Rather, the bloodshed and misery will end only when there is a political solution. As a result, the need for that solution becomes more urgent every day. And he appealed to all sides, and particularly the Syrian Government, to stop the killing -saying: In the name of humanity: Stop the violence.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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