World Bulletin/News Desk
Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) President Fuat Oktay reacted against the Syrian government by saying that there could be no explanation for bloodthirstily killing Syrian children, referring to the chemical attack which took place near the Syrian capital and resulted in at least 1,300 deaths on Wednesday.
AFAD President Oktay, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC) Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Turkey Dr. Ayman Abulaban held a press conference on Friday as the number of children who fled Syria has reached one million. AFAD President Fuat Oktay lamented at the beginning of the press conference that it is no longer meaningful to announce how they help the Syrian refugees. "Publishing the numbers became painful and also insignificant. We are interested in the humanitarian side of this conflict. We are doing our best to help those people," AFAD President said in Ankara. Fuat Oktay announced that 500,000 refugees are living in Turkey, half of them children. Referring to the chemical attack that occurred near Damascus, Fuad Oktay underlined that there could be no excuse for killing children without mercy. He appealed to the international community and United Nations to find a political solution to the three-year conflict.
UNHRC Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor said the number of Syrian children who are forced to flee their homeland had reached one million, and called for support and protection from the international community. She also underlined that 2 million children are also internally displaced. "Even one child in this situation is too much. No child should ever be put in this situation. And yet a million times it is happening the last two years." Similarly, UNICEF Representative to Turkey Dr. Ayman Abulaban pointed out that they doubted the effectiveness of efforts to help children in light of recent events which seems to render such efforts meaningless. Both representatives appealed to the international community and United Nations to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
A million children are now refugees due to the Syrian crisis
The United Nations announced on Friday that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees, forced from their homeland by a war that is well into its third year. "What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and well-being of a generation of innocents," António Guterres, High Commissioner of the UNHCR that has counted each member of the exodus, said in Geneva. Children make up half of all refugees from the Syria conflict, according to UNHCR and UNICEF. Most have arrived in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Increasingly, Syrians are fleeing to North Africa and Europe. The latest figures show that, of the one million Syrian refugees under the age of 18, some 740,000 are children under the age of 11.
"This one millionth child refugee is not just another number," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in New York. "This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend. "We must all share the shame," said Lake, "because while we work to alleviate the suffering of those affected by this crisis, the global community has failed in its responsibility to this child."Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 15:51