We are receiving evacuees outside of Aleppo: A statement from our CEO

Syria, December 15, 2016

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  • People carry their belongings as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters
    Photo: People carry their belongings as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

The brutal violence that we have witnessed in Syria this week is shameful. There have been reports of mothers and children being shot in their homes, and those who've survived are suffering under the constant fog of fear. Civilians who are being evacuated now don't know when the bombings will start again — or if they'll make it to safety.

Civilians from the city of Aleppo have already begun evacuating, and Mercy Corps is prepared to receive newly displaced people across northern Syria. Our teams are standing by with food, blankets, and other supplies to help the countless men, women and children who are hoping to escape the fighting and find safety. We do not yet know how many people are on the move, or where they will end up.

Mercy Corps remains committed to helping all Syrians in need — as we have been for years. Everyone deserves to have clean water, food and medical care, no matter where they live or what forces control their town.

We call on the parties involved in the conflict to return to the negotiating table quickly and to respect international humanitarian law. All parties must take immediate steps to guarantee the protection and safe passage of civilians and the aid workers helping them.

And to the people of Syria — wherever you live — we say: We have stood with you since the start of this war. We will always stand with you because suffering anywhere is a call for action everywhere. We strive for peace and promise to keep working with you towards a brighter future in Syria.

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