15-03-2018 | Latest News , Middle East

ICRC President in Syria: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

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The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was inside Eastern Ghouta today (March 15) to see the conditions people are facing:

“Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything - medicine first and foremost but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.”

The President went into a small shelter where 40 people are living with many children. They fled the fighting a month and a half month ago in another town, seeking shelter in Douma. In this shelter, there’s no water, no cleaning materials, no sewage system. Some of the children are newborns. Many of the children are suffering from diarrhoea and lice because of the dire conditions they are living in.

For more information, please contact:

Ingy Sedky, ICRC Damascus, +963 930 336 718

Ralph El Hage, ICRC Amman, tel: +962 7 7845 4382

Iolanda Jaquemet, ICRC Geneva, +41 79447 37 26

Photos from streets of Eastern Ghouta and inside a shelter

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Location: Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Date: 15 March 2018

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0:00 Streets of Eastern Ghouta

0:20 Inside a shelter in Eastern Ghouta

SOUNDBITE: ICRC President Peter Maurer (in English)

1:17 “Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here, SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent) volunteers, council members in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything medicine first and foremost - but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.

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