Pau Gasol, National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has wrapped up a visit to Iraq by urging additional support for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian children forced out of their homeland by conflict.
“I met children who have fled from a tragic situation in Syria and now depend on urgent humanitarian aid to save their lives and give them an opportunity to build a new life,” said Mr. Gasol, a Silver Medallist at the 2012 Olympics, two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Committee Ambassador since 2003.
Among the children with whom Mr. Gasol met was 10-year-old Sulinam who told the Goodwill Ambassador that his family’s shop had been destroyed in Syria, “I want the war to end there so that I can return home and my brothers and sisters and I can go back to school.”
While we can see some good results, the needs are enormous. So much more help is needed.
Mr. Gasol said he was “shocked” to see what some of the children have seen, “No child should experience such violence and destruction and be deprived of the basic services that they need to grow and develop to fulfil their potential.”