Public urged to join humanitarians in appeal to end Syrian conflict

On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, women and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo credit: UNICEF/UN07229/Al Saleh, WFP

People worldwide are being urged to "raise their voices" and call for an end to the crisis in Syria.

The appeal is being made by nearly 100 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies who are asking the public to join them in speaking out to end the suffering.

The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have been killed and one million injured since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.

Fighting has caused more than four million people to flee the country, while 13.5 million people inside Syria require humanitarian aid.

Dianne Penn reports.

The humanitarian partners say the world needs to hear a collective public voice appealing for an end to the carnage in Syrian, now more than ever.

They are calling for action now "in the name of our shared humanity" and "for the sake of the millions of innocents who have already suffered so much."

They urge those with the ability to stop the suffering to take action now.

However, until there is a diplomatic solution to the fighting, the aid partners have suggested "practical actions" that can be taken.

They include allowing humanitarian organizations unimpeded and sustained access to deliver aid to people in need.

Humanitarian pauses and "unconditional, monitored ceasefires," as well as a lifting of sieges, are also recommended.

The appeal is being carried on the social media platforms of all the organizations, accompanied by a short video showing the impact of the conflict.

Members of the public can "sign" the appeal themselves, simply by sharing it, for example via Twitter or by liking it on Facebook.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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