Children hold plastic buckets as they wait for food in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus January 21, 2014. Picture taken January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Abdullah (SYRIA
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Seven major aid and human rights groups on Wednesday described the humanitarian crisis in Syria as the "worst of our time" and said action to alleviate suffering should not be contingent on a peace deal.The groups, which included Amnesty International, Care USA and Oxfam International, said half of Syria's population was dependent on humanitarian aid after nearly three years of civil war.Amnesty's Secretary General Salil Shetty accused European governments of hypocrisy in failing to match their expressions of concern about Syria with respect for their obligations to accepting refugees from the crisis.
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