The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was inside Eastern Ghouta today (March 15) to see the conditions people are facing:
“Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything - medicine first and foremost but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.”
The President went into a small shelter where 40 people are living with many children. They fled the fighting a month and a half month ago in another town, seeking shelter in Ghouta. In this shelter, there’s no water, no cleaning materials, no sewage system. Some of the children are newborns. Many of the children are suffering from diarrhoea and lice because of the dire conditions they are living in.
To learn more or see some of the images from his trip, go here.
Further reading about the seventh anniversary in the news**:
- Seven years on in Syria: Nobody seems willing to stop the bloodshed (LA Times)
- How Syria's war changed the world (CNN)
- Syria war: Thousands flee Eastern Ghouta as army advances (BBC World)
- Syria's War: Seven years, seven documentaries (Al Jazeera)
- Remembering Aleppo, A City in Ruins (NYTimes Video)
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