UN aid chief makes final appeal to end Syria’s despair

New York – Outgoing UN aid chief Valerie Amos made a final appeal on Thursday to world powers to take action to end Syria’s four-year war, saying it had brought more despair than ever thought possible.

According to News 24, in her final report to the Security Council, Amos presented a list of atrocities, from the bombing of a market to attacks on medical facilities, blocked aid deliveries and the use of chlorine to terrorize civilians.

“For more than four years, we have watched Syria descend into deeper depths of despair, surpassing what even the most pessimistic observers thought possible,” said Amos.

“I know that there are no easy answers or quick fixes,” she told the 15-member council.

“We cannot leave Syrians abandoned to hopelessness and further despair.”

In the months leading up to her departure, Amos has repeatedly voiced frustration with the Security Council’s failure to unite behind measures to ease the suffering of civilians and chart a course for a political solution.

The British diplomat is stepping down after more than four years in one of the most challenging jobs at the United Nations as demands for humanitarian aid have surged in conflicts worldwide.
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With more than 12.2 million people in urgent need of aid, more than half of the country’s population Syria has been the UN official’s top priority and Amos repeated that more needs to be done. Continue…

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