Twin bomb blasts hit Syria but SOS projects remain safe
Twin bomb blasts hit Syrian military and security buildings in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, killing 28 people in the worst violence to hit the country's commercial hub in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Thankfully no children or staff from SOS Children's Village Aleppo were hurt and no damage to the Village was reported.
At least 28 people were killed and 235 wounded by the two bombs which targeted security compounds in Syria's second largest city of Aleppo.The city is a commercial hub close to the northern border with Turkey, home to some 2 million people. The blasts were the fourth suicide attack in Syria since late December.
The SOS Children’s Village Aleppo Director Mr. Al-Shami reports that “all children and young people are going to school as normal. With the exception of regular electricity cuts - all is fine at the Village” However, he added: “Children go to school with Village transport, rather than take public transportation. The same goes for SOS mothers when they have to go to hospital or somewhere in the city centre. Unfortunately, these events are unpredictable and they might happen to any of us”. Since last May, security has been reinforced at every SOS project in Syria.
General situation of SOS projects in Syria
SOS Children has been working in Syria since 1980 and at present there are two SOS Children's Villages, two SOS Youth Homes, one SOS Nursery and one SOS Social Centre supporting hundreds of vulnerable children and families. At present, areas of unrest are not directly affecting any SOS Children projects, although both Villages have stocked up on food and essential items in case of an emergency.