Reacting to the outcome of the Brussels conference on Syria, Marta Lorenzo, Oxfam’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director said:
“The pledges made by donor governments are simply not enough to address the Syrian crisis with one million people at risk of starvation inside the country, and COVID-19 and an economic downturn hitting refugees and host communities in neighbouring countries hard. It’s shocking that the international community has failed to recognize the urgency of the situation despite clear calls from Syrian civil society.
“It’s heartening to hear that there is so much support for a renewal of the cross-border resolution that has created a lifeline for millions of people in northwest Syria who otherwise couldn’t be reached with life-saving food, water and medical assistance.
“To achieve a just and lasting peace, the international community needs to set aside their rivalries and support inclusive peace negotiations that are Syrian-led, represent all, including women, and are committed to upholding human rights.”