Valerie Amos, the U.N. humanitarian chief
Valerie Amos, the U.N. humanitarian chief, tackled the Syrian humanitarian today by proposing an aid relief plan for civilians devastated by fighting.
Valerie Amos completed a two-day visit to Syria that focused on urging “all parties to agree on arrangements for humanitarian organizations to reach people in areas affected by fighting and violence.” She met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid AL-Moallem and other government officials in Damascus and visited displaced Syrians on the Turkish side of the border. “We have agreed on a joint preliminary humanitarian assessment mission to areas where people urgently need assistance,” she said of her talks with AL-Moallem. “While this is a necessary first step, it remains essential that a robust and regular arrangement be put in place, which allows humanitarian organizations unhindered access to evacuate the wounded and deliver desperately needed supplies. A proposal has been submitted to the government of Syria and I ask them to consider this matter with the utmost urgency. “
Amos visited Homs and parts of the Baba Amr neighborhood, the anti-government bastion that endured weeks of government pounding. “I was horrified by the destruction I saw. Almost all the buildings had been destroyed and there were hardly any people left there. I am extremely concerned as to the whereabouts of the people who have been displaced from Baba Amr,” she said.
The United Nations says more than 7,500 have died since mid-March and at least one activist group says more than 9,000 people have been killed.