Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Remarks to Third Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations Donors to the Syrian People, Kuwait City, 30 March 2015

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Thank you all for being here today to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria. I thank the International Islamic Charitable Organization of Kuwait for hosting today’s event, and for your tireless efforts to support Syrian refugees, particularly at your refugee villages in Turkey and Jordan.

I thank all the organizations represented here for your commitment and support to Syrians in need. Charitable organizations are playing a crucial part in every area of the response to this crisis. You are on the front lines risking your lives to deliver aid. You are raising resources, and you are raising public awareness through creative advocacy campaigns like Turn the Lights Back On in Syria.

The organizations represented here are valued partners and we will continue to work in partnership with you to benefit the people of Syria.

My thanks to Dr. Abdullah Al-Matouq for his tireless efforts to raise resources and raise awareness to help the people of Syria and for his role in today’s event.


Ladies and gentlemen,

As the war enters its fifth year, we continue to see breathtaking levels of savagery in Syria.
Despite the passing of Security Council resolutions aimed at preventing attacks on civilians, protecting the most vulnerable people in Syria, including children and women, and helping humanitarian organizations to get to all people who need aid. We see no reduction in the violence and it is becoming harder and harder to reach people.

Those involved in the fighting, including the government of Syria, are failing to meet their basic minimum legal obligations. Indiscriminate aerial bombings, including the use of barrel bombs, car bombs, mortar attacks, unguided rockets and the use of other explosive devices in populated areas, continue. Increased violence in Idlib city in the past week has displaced hundreds of thousands more people. People are so desperate that millions of them have fled to neighboring countries.

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