Goal 16 - Peace and Justice

Aleppo: Nearly 50 Orphans Rescued in ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrian City’s Children

UNICEF praises successful evacuation but warns much more is needed to safeguard children fleeing the city amid reports three died of cold overnight.

The group of orphans who recorded a heartbreaking message begging to be rescued from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo have arrived safely in neighbouring Idlib province, Unicef says.

“This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration,” the organisation said in a statement on Monday.

“The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria.”

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