$8 billion needed for Syrian refugees – UN

Photo credit: www.un.org

The United Nations, UN, and about 240 civil society groups on Tuesday called for $8 billion funding to assist millions of Syrian refugees and neighbouring countries that host them.

The sum included $3.4 billion to cover the humanitarian needs of 13.5 million people within Syria this year, UN Emergency Aid Chief, Stephen O’Brien, said at a Syria aid conference held in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

The other portion; $4.6 billion, was needed for the Regional Refugees and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017-18 to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria.

The amount would also cover 4.4 million people in local communities, who host them in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

The aid conference was held as the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan hosted indirect talks between the Syrian Government and opposition forces.

Referring to the talks in Kazakhstan and efforts by the UN to host further Syria talks in Geneva in February, UNHCR Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, said the “uncertainty” of the outcome of the political process made it difficult to gauge how people’s movements would be affected.

“Even if Syrians have stopped arriving in Europe in significant numbers, I hope that everybody realises that the Syrian crisis has not gone away and continues to affect millions,” he said.

Therefore, there was need “to stir the course to continue to give hope to refugees that a solution will happen,” he said, adding that it also applied to governments hosting refugees.



Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here

TEXT AD: This NAFDAC APPROVED Solution Will Make You Stay Longer Than 40Mins In Bed Tonight And Help Your Erection. Click Here To Read The Free Reports

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.