Only lasting ceasefire will end carnage in Ghouta, warns World Vision


Aid agency World Vision is backing calls for an immediate ceasefire to halt escalating violence in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

Resolution 2401, adopted by the UN Security Council just days ago, demands a 30-day cessation in fighting to allow vital aid deliveries to reach the critically sick and injured. The resolution, now binding by international law, also demands medical evacuations.

The sustained attacks in Ghouta come weeks before Syria enters its eighth year of civil war.

The residents of Ghouta are trapped in a terrifying hell on earth, with nowhere to run. Only a lasting ceasefire can end the carnage, allowing water, food and medical supplies, and to evacuate the injured.

The tragedy in Syria continues to grow, affecting millions of people. For many all they have known is war. It’s impossible for us to imagine the extreme effect this is having on the mental, physical and social health of the future generation of children.

- Wynn Flaten, Director of World Vision’s Syria Response

World Vision is working across the region, delivering life-saving support to the most vulnerable – especially children – in Syria, and the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.