ALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Nations International Day of Happiness Founder and CEO at Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation Jayme Illien is 'safe, alive and well' as Syrian Government, Russia launch massive aerial bombardment and biggest ground assault since the 2011 beginning of Syria Civil war to retake Aleppo.
On September 19th, airstrikes on a United Nations humanitarian assistance convoy at Urm al-Kubra, Aleppo, which Jayme was expected to meet, killed 20 aid workers ending a US-Russia brokered, UN sanctioned ceasefire. Just two days prior, as the delicate truce was underway, US airstrikes, for which it later apologized and called "unintentional," killed sixty two Syrian government troops in Deir ez-Zor.
Hundreds of missiles, including bunker buster bombs and chemical weapons have since been dropped on civilians in Aleppo and across Syria killing over 400, adding to more than 300,000 total deaths since the war began, and leaving an estimated 600,000 people trapped in 18 besieged areas of Syria.
The United Nations International Day of Happiness founder who served as a high level policy adviser with Mission and Ambassador of Iraq to the UN and UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, and has worked on nuclear disarmament and counter terrorism, arrived in the region weeks ago to support delivery of humanitarian assistance to over 60,000 refugees in Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.
Speaking to press in Kilis just north of Aleppo after narrowly escaping multiple bombings and kidnapping attempts, the UNIDOHappiness Founder and Executive Chairman said, "I was embedded with special forces just about to link up with United Nations humanitarian aid convoy to help distribute urgent assistance to civilians in and around Aleppo when the bombs began falling."
"The catastrophic damage and civilian death toll in Syria is horrifying. Aleppo has become hell on earth. Basic needs, including food, water, medicine, protection from massive indiscriminate aerial bombardment, and action from the international community are what the trapped citizens of Syria need as soon as possible. Every minute counts," he added.
UNIDOHappiness founder and Illien Global CEO Jayme Illien will stay in the region until further notice in order to continue his leadership and support of the global response to the worst humanitarian and refugee crisis since World War 2.