14 December 2016 SOS Children’s Villages Concerned for Children and Families in Aleppo DAMASCUS, Syria, December 14, 2016 – Alia Al-Dalli, SOS Children’s Villages' International Director of the Middle East and North Africa Region, issued the following statement in response to escalating violence in Syria’s Aleppo: “As the horror in Aleppo persists, SOS Children's Villages continues to do all that it can to support children and families. No matter how much we are doing, whether providing milk for babies, hot meals for families or medical care for mothers and children, we are simply unable to support the vast number of internally displaced people. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the many unaccompanied children in this catastrophic situation trying to survive in freezing temperatures and under relentless violence. We in SOS Children's Villages call on all parties involved in this enduring conflict to respect the rights and lives of civilians in Aleppo and all of the other besieged areas in Syria.” Since 1981, SOS Children’s Villages has provided stable homes to orphaned and abandoned children. The Syrian crisis led to the launch of an emergency response program that has reached over 300,000 children and families with food, aid, shelter and psychological support. In Aleppo, we provide access to clean water and deliver food kits to children and families daily. In the surrounding areas of Aleppo, where children and families of eastern Aleppo are seeking shelter, SOS Children’s Villages: Provides 15,000 hot meals a day Distributed 2,800 milk kits to displaced families Provides ongoing education to 540 children in a school renovated by SOS Children’s Villages Employs two doctors that provide health care for mothers and children To speak with a spokesperson from SOS Children’s Villages, please contact Stephanie Rendon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.470.5182.