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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01514-N
Date : 29/02/2016
Country/Region : SYRIA
Title : ICRC calls for concerted effort to end Syria’s devastating war
Duration : 00:02:45
Director : FOULKES, Imogen
Editor : MOUCHET, Louis
Person appearing :
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV439N
Description : On the eve of a possible cessation of hostilities in Syria the International Committee of the Red Cross is appealing to all those with influence to work to end the conflict.
Five years of war have left Syrian cities in ruins. Nothing has been untouched, not even the hospitals. 60% are closed, or only barely functioning. Throughout the conflict, the ICRC has been supporting civilians, but the needs constantly outstrip the ability of humanitarian agencies to meet them. This week (February 22-26, 2016) ICRC President Peter Maurer visited Homs, where tens of thousands of people are struggling to survive.
“Most of the destruction has taken place in densely populated areas in cities, and in those areas we see the most of the suffering as well,” said Mr Maurer. “Now we see that the biggest needs are really where those displaced congregate in provisional shelters, in destroyed houses. I see that the needs are enormous, and the numbers are enormous of those affected.”
This war has spared no one, not even the very youngest. The sick or wounded cannot rely on getting medical care. Parents are forced to bring their children up in appalling conditions, where the most basic life necessities, water, food, and heat, are always in short supply. No wonder everyone here is pinning their hopes on a possible ceasefire.
“Well we certainly hope that a ceasefire and a reduction of the war will allow us to do more,” said Mr Maurer. “But we can’t count on it and we have to be prepared for all eventualities, even if the fighting is not stopping in the next couple of weeks.
These children are Syria’s future. Whether the fighting stops now or not, the ICRC will do everything in its power to help them. But children deserve a real childhood, and they can’t have that, if the war goes on.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : ICRC calls for concerted effort to end Syria’s devastating war
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422