Humanitarian assistance for children in Syria

Commons 16 Dec 2015Bristol South MP Karin Smyth raised the plight of children living in Syria in areas beyond the current reach of humanitarian assistance, during House of Commons International Development Questions on 16 December.

The Labour MP sought assurances that the government is taking action to reach these very desperate children.

In reply, Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, said the government is doing its “level best” to extend humanitarian support into these areas “as fighting stops”.

You can watch the exchange below

Karin Smyth MP: Two million Syrian children live in areas that are beyond the areas of humantarian assistance. In the light of recent strikes, what action is she taking to reach these very desperate children?

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP: We are constantly working with UN agencies and NGOs to try to improve our access within Syria. We estimate there are probably around half a million people, including children, that we cannot reach. But we will try our level best to make sure that we maintain our existing network but reach into those areas as fighting stops.