Sheffield campaigner Emma calls for aid action

From Left to Right  Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Georgina Haddick, Salli Martlew & Emma Owen at Admiralty house onThursday 20, September, 2013.''The three Save the Children supporters handed a petition to the Deputy Prime Minister to use his speech to the UN General Assembly to help save Syria's children.

From Left to Right Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Georgina Haddick, Salli Martlew & Emma Owen at Admiralty house onThursday 20, September, 2013.''The three Save the Children supporters handed a petition to the Deputy Prime Minister to use his speech to the UN General Assembly to help save Syria's children.

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A Sheffield campaigner met the Deputy Prime Minister to demand more be done to deliver aid to children in Syria.

Emma Owen, who lives in Crookes and is a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University, is a strong supporter of Save the Children.

She delivered a petition with more than 16,000 names to Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, at a meeting in London.

Mr Clegg is due to speak at the United Nations over the next few days in a debate on the civil war in Syria.

The charity estimates more than three million children have been caught up in the conflict, many of whom are without food, clean water or shelter.

Emma said: “The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse and worse.

“Save the Children is helping as many children as they can reach, but they need full access to all regions of Syria so they can deliver life-saving aid to those in need.

“On behalf of so many people, I personally delivered our shared message to the Deputy Prime Minister, asking him to put Syria’s children at the top of his agenda.

“The children of Syria are suffering and they need our help now before many more lives are lost.”

The special assembly on the Syrian situation runs until Tuesday. Mr Clegg is there as head of the UK delegation.

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