SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

UNICEF delivers basic necessities to people affected by Syrian conflict

The United Nations Children's Fund and partners delivered basic necessities to thousands of children in Aleppo, a city that is both difficult to access and heavily affected by the Syrian conflict.

"The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is desperate," UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt said. "Our goal is to reach children who most need our assistance, no matter where they are."

UNICEF was joined by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other UN organizations to deliver aid from a 15-truck convoy that started in Damascus. The goods being delivered included diarrheal disease kits for 30,000 people, medical kits for 20,000 people, family hygiene kits for 2,000 families, cooking stoves, school supplies, high energy biscuits, generators and water tanks. The generators and water tanks will provide safe drinking water for more than 1 million people.

"Humanitarian needs, especially for food, water and shelter, are very severe," Ahmedou Bahah, head of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program during the convoy, said.

Prices in Aleppo have increased to 3 to 4 times normal, making it difficult for families to give children basic supplies such as bread, milk, vegetables, fruit, yogurt and eggs. At least 2.4 million people in Aleppo, including 1.2 million children, need humanitarian aid.