[Church Times, by Madeleine Davies] Blankets will not stop bombs, Christian Aid has warned, at the conclusion of a conference that has secured $10 billion [US Dollars, approximately £7 million GBP] of pledges in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian crisis.
NGOs have welcomed the commitments — a record sum — but have warned that, without a political solution to the crisis, now in its sixth year, the suffering will continue.
“As we heard from Syrian colleagues over the past two days, unless political will to end the violence inside Syria is put into action, the numbers of the dead will rise as will the numbers seeking refuge in the neighbouring countries and in Europe,” said Frances Guy, Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Region, on Thursday.
“More food and blankets will not stop the bombs. The plea from the International Red Cross should be answered: Find a political solution, urgently. Lift all sieges immediately. Start putting Syrians first.”