ActionAid is available for interviews from Jordan and London on the humanitarian impact of the Syria peace talks starting Wednesday 22 January.
Speaking ahead of the Geneva peace talks which start tomorrow, Dr Ahmed Al Damrawy, ActionAid Director for the Arab Region, said: “After three years of bloody conflict, the deaths of more than 100,000 people and the suffering of millions more, the Geneva peace talks offer a glimmer of hope for Syrians.
“All sides in the conflict must their put differences aside and grasp this opportunity for peace. The people of Syria have waited too long and suffered too much to allow this opportunity fail.
“Access for humanitarian agencies to reach those in need in Syria must be a top priority during the talks.
“Children and women are bearing the brunt of this crisis, facing violence, untold psychological trauma, medical shortages, and an entirely disrupted education.
“More than two million people have been forced to flee the country and are desperately seeking refuge in over-crowded camps and makeshift shelters in neighboring countries. But they are the lucky ones — there are millions more inside Syria in urgent need of help, out of reach of humanitarian aid.
“This conflict has plunged Syria into the worst humanitarian crisis of the century. All parties at the talks must work together to start the long process of peace that is desperately needed.”
Dr Ahmed Al Damrawy, ActionAid Director for the Arab Region based in Amman, Jordan is available for interviews, along with ActionAid experts in London.
Notes to Editors:
1. ActionAid is delivering an emergency response programme in Jordan and Lebanon and to date has helped a total of 48,635 of the most vulnerable people in need.
2. In Jordan, ActionAid has provided essential items such as clothing, sanitary items, torches and first aid kits, and is providing longer term psychosocial support and the means to earn a living to people who have been living as refugees for some time.
3. In Lebanon, ActionAid is providing refugees with vocational training, as well as cash transfers to vulnerable people and those unable to work to ensure they can meet their basic shelter, food, water and health needs.
4. In addition to providing urgent humanitarian assistance, Action Aid is working with women and young people to make them aware of their fundamental and democratic rights and to help pre-establish a new civil society, of leaders and change makers for a post-war Syria.
5. ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to achieve greater human rights for all and defeat poverty. We believe people in poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. ActionAid is a catalyst for that change.