UNICEF brings aid to displaced Yarmouk families in previously inaccessible Damascus suburb

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Residents of the Yarmouk Refugee Camp in Syria where the humanitarian situation is grave. Photo: UNRWA

5 May 2015 – The United Nations children’s agency participated in two missions this week to provide humanitarian assistance to families recently displaced from Yarmouk camp, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Briefing the press in New York, Stéphane Dujarric said the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) participated in the inter-agency missions to provide humanitarian assistance to families displaced to three locations about 10 kilometres south of Damascus.

“This is the first time UNICEF has been able to get access to this area for the past two years,” said Mr. Dujarric. “After crossing five checkpoints, UNICEF was able to deliver three trucks with baby diaper kits, kits for newborn and kits of clothes for children. In its first mission earlier in the day, UNICEF delivered kits to treat 3,000 cases of diarrhoea, midwifery kits as well as boxes of High-Energy Biscuits.”

According to UNICEF staff on the convoys, Mr. Dujarric said it is estimated that some 50,000 people live in the three locations visited, in addition to about 2,500 Palestinian refugee families who fled Yarmouk.

Source: United Nations

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