Over 20 international humanitarian organizations criticized the U.N for failing to help Syrian war victims. The United Nations Security Council passed three resolutions in 2014 that were already supposed to be implemented.
The aid groups condemned the organization for failing to implement the resolutions which would have enhanced humanitarian assistance for the civilians in Syria affected by the country’s civil war.
Syria entered its fifth year of conflict which initially started as peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad. The situation changed abruptly and Syrians saw themselves caught in a civil war. The country is now going through a powerful humanitarian crisis.
More than 220,000 people lost their lives since the conflict began in March 2011 and over 1 million have been wounded. There are approximately 4 million Syrians who have left the country in seek of refuge in the countries nearby while 7.6 million remained in Syria but are in great need of assistance. As a whole, there are approximately 12.2 million Syrians who need help.
According to Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council:
“Last year was the darkest year yet in this horrific war. Parties to the conflict have acted with impunity and ignored the Security Council’s demands, civilians are not protected and their access to relief has not improved.”
The continuous degrade in the country’s situation led to the U.N. Security Council’ s three resolutions created with the purpose of extending humanitarian aid. The latest motion, unanimously approved by U.N. members in December 2014 implied sending deliveries to Syrians in areas controlled by the rebels without prior approval from Damascus.
But up until now, these plans did not become actions. Many aid groups including the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Handicap International ask the world powers to implement what they had promised.
In the 27-page report submitted by aid organizations, it is specified that there are now 4. 8 million Syrians located in hard-to-reach areas in need of assistance. The number of children in need of help has risen with 31 percent, reaching 5.6 million.
Meanwhile the sums allocated for Syrian support have lowered. In 2013, 71 percent of the sum needed to help refugees and those who remained in the country were provided. The percentage dropped to 57 percent last year.
The report stresses the fact that Syrians now make the second largest population of refugees in the world after Palestinian. And the situation will only get worse.
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