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The UN Security Council Fails Children in Syria by Only Renewing Cross Border Aid Route for Six Months


At a time when the needs of children in Syria have never been greater, Save the Children calls on the United Nations Security Council to commit to keeping what is currently the only effective route for aid into North West Syria open for the long term after voting to only reauthorize the crossing for six months today.

This decision to only reauthorize the Bab al-Hawa crossing for six months left UN agencies and humanitarian actors with limited options to reach more than four million people in North West Syria – most of whom are women and children – depending on humanitarian aid to survive. 

Tamer Kirolos, Syria Response Director at Save the Children, said: “A six-month renewal is markedly insufficient and lets down some of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition, the short timeframe will cause significant challenges for us to plan programs. This is particularly important because this resolution will expire during Syria’s harsh winter when children and their families – most of whom live in camps - endure unimaginable cold temperatures without warm clothes, food, or heating to protect them.

“The world is watching the worst global hunger crisis in history unfold before us, and Syria, which has been in conflict for 11 years, is no different. In the North West, chronic malnutrition is rising, and child labor and child marriage are on the rise. Aid through the Bab al-Hawa crossing is a vital lifeline for children and their families.

“When the mandate of this resolution is up in six months, the UN Security Council must adopt a resolution renewing and expanding the cross-border mandate for 12 months. The lives of millions of children are at stake.”

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. 

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