Save the Children Statemen Feb082016 .pdf

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Increased Canadian Commitment to Syria Refugee Crisis,
Save the Children Responds
Toronto, February 8, 2016…Save the Children welcomes today’s federal government announcement on
its new plan to address the crises in Syria, Iraq, and surrounding regions. This comprehensive approach
to a complex problem is in keeping with Canada’s goal of working constructively with stakeholders and
local partners to build real solutions that will last.
Save the Children applauds the decision for Canada to step up its diplomatic and development
engagement in this area, but ultimately the only durable solution to this crisis situation is a political one.
There are millions of Syrians who have been displaced from their homes, some remaining in the country
and many more who have been forced to flee to surrounding regions. They are in desperate need of our
help. Countries near Syria who welcomed refugees are now themselves at a crisis point; Canada’s
decision to address the humanitarian needs in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan is a positive step in the right
direction. The immediate humanitarian requirements of food, water, shelter, healthcare and dignity
must be provided; while longer-term needs such as access to educational opportunities and livelihood
options for caregivers and youth cannot be forgotten.
Save the Children has been responding to the Syria crisis from its beginning. At the recent Supporting
Syria and the Region conference held in London last week, we revealed a new analysis that shows that
since the conflict started in March, 2011, an average of 3,245 children have been forced to flee their
homes every single day. The total number of children who are now displaced, either within Syria or as
refugees in the region, now stands at 5.8 million. While children continue to be at risk in Syria and face
the daunting challenges of displacement, Save the Children will continue our efforts to ensure that their
rights are protected and needs are met.

-30For More Information:
Katharine Harris
Save the Children
T: 416-221-5501 x 295
M: 647-973-1185

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