No Lost Generation relieved by 6-month extension to Syria cross-border resolution
10 January 2023 – No Lost Generation (NLG) welcomes the renewal by the United Nations Security Council of the cross-border resolution which allows for humanitarian aid to reach more than 4 million people in Northwest Syria, the majority of whom are currently food insecure.
More than 1.7 million girls and boys also reside in this isolated border area, close to half of whom are currently out of school. Without consistent education, protection and mental health support, Syrian children in Northwest Syria will become increasingly vulnerable to child labor and early marriage among other protection risks. A recent mental health study conducted by NLG and World Vision also indicates that suicidal ideation is on the rise among young people and girls in particular due to harsh socio-economic conditions in this particular area and the uncertain future ahead.
Humanitarian needs in Syria are currently at their highest while funding for the humanitarian response continues to dwindle year after year. Now is not the time to let Syrian children and young people down. The renewal of the cross-border resolution for another 6 months will enable humanitarian agencies – including No Lost Generation members -- operating in Northwest Syria to continue to reach vulnerable girls and boys with life-saving assistance. Nevertheless, longer term solutions are also needed to ensure Syrian children can live healthy and fulfilled lives in the longer term following almost 12 years of conflict.
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