Turkish CSOs to lead call for humanitarian corridor in Syria

Civilians flee fighting in Idlib, Syria in February 2012. Photo by: Nasser Nouri / CC BY-NC-SA

A new campaign set to launch in the coming weeks aims to achieve what has been met with failure in Syria: the opening of a humanitarian aid corridor.

The international campaign will be led by Turkish civil society organizations. The decision was reached at a meeting focused on aid to Syrians this week in Ankara. As part of the global campaign, participants plan to do demonstrations in front of a number of institutions, such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

But whether this latest campaign will hold — and come in time to prevent further bloodshed — remains to be seen. Previous efforts to set up a humanitarian corridor were unsuccessful. The conflict inside the war-torn country has not abated almost two years since the uprising began in March 2011.

The establishment of a global humanitarian aid platform that will coordinate relief efforts for Syrians was also decided at the meeting.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.