The NGO Save the Children has denounced that the death of eight children in less than a week in the Al Hol camp for displaced persons in northern Syria is a “collective failure” for which it has called for “immediate action”. to all parties to prevent further “tragedies”.
The deaths occurred between August 6 and 10, and according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), four were from complications from malnutrition and the rest from dehydration from diarrhea, heart failure, internal bleeding and hypoglycemia.
The data triple the year-to-date under-five mortality rate, and organizations fear the trend will continue as the enclave still holds around 40,000 children from more than sixty countries, some of whom are relatives of alleged relatives Members of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Sonia Khush, the response director for Save the Children’s Syria, lamented the recent deaths were due to “the UN Security Council’s continued inability to reopen the next border crossing,” which has resulted in “delays” inexcusable “in the deployment of Help at a time when awareness has already been reduced by the coronavirus pandemic.