from Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA is a signatory to this letter.
AS OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN SOCHI, 37 HUMANITARIAN, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND PEACE ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR UNSC RESOLUTION TO OPEN SYRIA TO AID
To the Foreign Ministers of UN Security Council Member States
Dear Foreign Minister:
As the world comes together in Sochi to open the Olympic Games, Syrians are living under siege. In the spirit of the ancient tradition of an Olympic truce, echoed by the United Nations Secretary General in January, we call on the United Nations Security Council to put an end to these inhumane and illegal methods of war by supporting a Resolution demanding full and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas of Syria. As the Winter Olympics open, Syria must be opened to life-saving humanitarian aid.
Words fail to convey the horror and suffering Syrians are enduring on a daily basis: 9 million people, approaching half of Syria’s pre-war population, have fled their homes. 6.5 million are internally displaced. 37 percent of hospitals have been totally destroyed and 2 million children have been forced out of school. At least 110,000 people have been killed in the conflict, according to a recent report by the Oxford Research Group.
While these numbers are staggering, they do not even begin to tell the whole story…