TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2012) - Save the Children welcomes the news that the Canadian government is giving aid to thousands of families fleeing the horrific violence in Syria. Today, a Canadian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird visited a joint project run by Save the Children and UNICEF inside Za'atri camp for Syrian Refugees in Jordan. It is estimated that more than 1 million people in Syria are in desperate need of assistance and more than 130 000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries.
Patricia Erb, President & CEO Save the Children:
"For months Canadians and the world have watched as the situation for Syrian children has deteriorated. Children represent more than half of Syrians fleeing their country. They have been traumatized by the violence they have experienced, and although safe from the conflict, as refugees their lives are a daily struggle.
Save the Children has been working on the ground with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The needs are great which is why Canada's support for the humanitarian effort is crucial. We thank Minister Baird for coming to witness the challenging conditions faced by refugee children and their families and for the commitment of the Canadian government to address this humanitarian crisis."
Save the Children has spokespeople available in Jordan and Toronto.
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About Save the Children
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.
We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before.
About the Za'atari Camp Project
Save the Children is leading on child protection in emergencies intervention inside Za'atri camp in partnership with UNICEF. We have established Child Friendly Spaces to respond to the urgent protection needs of vulnerable Syrian children inside the camp. In addition, Save the Children is leading on establishing and strengthening community based protection networks in the camps to prevent and respond to abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect of children. Moreover, in collaboration with UNHCR UNICEF, ICRC, Save the Children will establish alternative care system inside the camps to respond to the needs of unaccompanied minors arriving.