UN raises $6.4bn for Syrians as humanitarian needs soar

Some 24 million people need basic aid in Syria and the surrounding region, which indicates a rise of four million over the past year.

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International contributors have vowed $6.4bn in humanitarian aid to assist Syrians combatting a civil war, which, in spite of the large sum, falls short of the $10 billion aim as governments brawl with weakened economies since the COVID-19 outbreak. In the fifth annual forum organized to keep Syrians from famishment, the event held by the European Union pursued $4.2 billion for people internally displaced in Syria and $5.8 billion for immigrants and their hosts in other countries in the Middle East.

The United Nations outstretched more than $7bn in 2020 and 2019, though UN officials will still press for more initiates throughout the year, as the money is fragmented between 2021 and 2022.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced in a video message on Tuesday, that “more than 13 million people need humanitarian assistance to survive this year. That’s over 20 percent more than last year, and the majority of the population is now facing hunger,”

Janez Lenarcic, the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management announced that financial institutions and supporters have also decided to issue low-interest loans worth $7 billion.

Approximately 24 million people demand essential aid in Syria and the surrounding region: an enlargement of four million over the past year. This is also the largest number reached from the time when a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators by Bashar al-Assad in 2011 led to a devastating civil war.

“Things are getting worse,” UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said via video link. “We’ve had a decade of death, destruction, displacement, disease, dread and despair,” he added, referring to the UN in consolidating its biggest-ever response plan for Syria and the region to save thousands of lives.

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