UN appeals for nearly eight billion dollars in Syria aid

Published January 13th, 2016 - 03:35 GMT
The United Nations has asked for $7.73 billion in humanitarian funding to help the Syrian people affected by the country’s continuing civil war. (Twitter)
The United Nations has asked for $7.73 billion in humanitarian funding to help the Syrian people affected by the country’s continuing civil war. (Twitter)

The United Nations is asking for $7.73 billion in funds to go towards helping the people of Syria affected by the brutal conflict in the country. In a joint press release, UN agencies appealed for the money in order to help 22.5 million people in Syria and across the region.

The statement divides the appeal into two categories: funds to help those who have fled Syria, and support for those affected inside the country. Money will also be made available to help the roughly four million people in the neighboring host countries Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, who are affected by the crisis.

An estimated 13.5 million Syrians are displaced or “conflict-affected” inside Syria, according to the UN. 250,000 have been killed and around 1.2 million have been injured in the five year war.

“This year the 2016 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan calls for nearly $3.2 billion to provide humanitarian support and protection to 13.5 million people,” the statement reads.

“The Plan focuses on saving lives, improving humanitarian access, enhancing protection and supporting long-term resilience for the most vulnerable communities.”

The appeal also asks for $4.55 billion “to support people forced to flee Syria into the surrounding region and the communities in which they are being hosted.”

It is hoped that international donors will pledge large sums of money at a conference on the crisis in London in February.


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