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Chemical Attack ‘Children are dying before our eyes’

We cannot turn our backs on the people of Eastern Ghouta.

Saturday’s reported horrific chemical attack in Douma, East Ghouta last Saturday, has taken the lives of at least 40 people, mostly children and injured thousands.

The images coming out of Douma are too shocking to share. Deceased children’s faces, locked in the agony of gasping for air from the reported chemical attack. We need to act now as many more children are at risk.

Chemical weapons fell from the sky.

And children suffered the most. With nowhere to hide, they died in their beds, their living rooms and in their parent’s arms. Terrified children are crying out for help.

“Save the children of Ghouta before it’s too late.”

Noor, 10-year-old, Douma

Noor and thousands of other children who are besieged need our help. Amnesty is fighting for their immediate needs, but we need funds to keep up the pressure.

Around 400,000 people are still trapped by their own government, with their hopes of safety just out of reach.

Our crisis team has been working on Syria for many years, and we’ve been on the front lines advocating for refugees — many of them children — who are seeking safety in other countries. Our goal — to ensure that every man, woman and child is safe from harm.

It’s clear what has to happen next. The international community must protect the people of Eastern Ghouta, we can’t look away. We must ensure the following.

  • End the unlawful attacks on civilians
  • End the use of internationally banned chemical weapons
  • People must be evacuated to safety and given access to humanitarian aid
  • UN Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo against the Syrian government, and targeted sanctions against Syrian officials responsible for crimes under international law
  • Refer the situation in Syria to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

We must act now.

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