MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - In light of comments by Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on
the situation in Syria, Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision
"World Vision Canada is deeply saddened and concerned by the ongoing
conflict in Syria, which has led to the deaths of hundreds of children,
in addition to injuries and arbitrary detention. We call on all parties
to the conflict to immediately cease the violence and uphold their
obligations to international humanitarian law. We also call for greater
humanitarian access to affected civilians, especially women and
children who are the most vulnerable."
"World Vision Canada acknowledges the active role played by the
Government of Canada to provide humanitarian assistance and promote the
protection of civilians and a political solution to the crisis. We
welcome comments from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that Canada
is prepared to increase its humanitarian assistance to Syria as a
result of the ongoing conflict. We urge the Canadian government to
continue playing an active role in concert with other governments
to promote the protection of civilians and a political solution to the
"As humanitarian needs have dramatically increased with new
displacements of people fleeing the violence in Syria and neighbouring
countries, we call on the international community to provide additional
emergency relief to children and other vulnerable groups, as well as
livelihood support for those in need. As of 5 July, UN reports
indicate that humanitarian appeals for Syria and refugees have been
funded at only around 20%."
"World Vision and its partners have been providing emergency relief aid
to Syrian refugees in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011.
This includes aid for hygiene kits, food vouchers and the establishment
of child-friendly spaces to provide special support for affected
children who fled the violence."
"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child asserts that every child
has the right to life and the right to grow up in an environment where
they are protected. Children make up half the population of refugees
and displaced peoples, and have the right to special care and
attention, particularly when they are separated from their families."
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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