Statement in response to the deadly attack on a school in Myanmar – Myanmar
September 20, 2022 – Save the Children is horrified by reports that at least 11 children were killed and 17 injured in an attack on a school in Myanmar on 16 September.
We condemn the attack in Depayin, Sagaing region, in the strongest possible terms.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families who lost children and loved ones in this attack.
We call for international humanitarian law to be respected and for children and schools to be safe from attack.
Again we see the children bearing the brunt of the conflict. We call once again for this violence to cease immediately and for children and civilians to be kept out of harm’s way.
Hassan Noor, Asia Regional Director of Save the Children, said:
“Leaders of government from around the world are gathering in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly. They must condemn this attack and do everything in their power to hold the perpetrators of such crimes to account. We call on the UN Security Council to urgently hold a public meeting on Myanmar and adopt a resolution to protect the rights of children in Myanmar, including their right to a safe education. We call on ASEAN to step in and take action. How many more incidents like this need to happen before action is taken? »
Save the Children has worked in Myanmar since 1995, delivering lifesaving healthcare, food, education and child protection programs with over 50 partners. We are actively working with our partners and with communities across Myanmar to protect children and meet their needs in this time of crisis.