UN-led campaign calls for access to civilians trapped by conflict in Syria

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Three-day social media campaign to allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria.

An unprecedented three-day global social media campaign has been launched to demand that parties to the Syrian conflict allow aid to a camp for Palestinian refugees in the country.

The campaign by UN agencies and their partners, supported by celebrities like Mia Farrow, Hugh Grant and Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf, has generated more than 31.6 million 'impressions' and reached tens of millions around the world.

Led by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the campaign wants humanitarian aid to flow to Yarmouk, the besieged Damascus neighbourhood hosting Palestinian refugees.

UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunnes says there is what he calls "unimaginable" suffering among the Palestinian refugees and ordinary citizens trapped in the fighting in Syria.

"Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus is a paradigm example of the suffering elsewhere. And there you have reports of children starving, widespread malnutrition,  infants with rickets, women dying in childbirth for lack of medicine. As I say, Yarmouk is one of many. There are many Yarmouks today in Syria and that's why we have to have safe, regular and substantial humanitarian access." (28")

The social media campaign has been launched as representatives of the Syrian government and opposition are set to meet face-to-face in Geneva on Friday for talks to end the conflict in their country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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