Alleviating the hardship of refugees in Syria
Syrian refugees from Aleppo
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Germany is increasing its humanitarian assistance for the victims of the Syria conflict by 12 million euros. The funds will be used to help refugees in Syria ahead of the approaching winter. Having now provided a total of 67.3 million euros, Germany is one of the biggest donors in this connection.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced the increase on 7 November in New York, where he is to hold talks on this issue with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon and others. Westerwelle issued the following statement in New York on the increase in funding:
“In the face of our intensive efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, we must not forget the humanitarian nightmare which a majority of the more than three million people in need in Syria experience day in and day out. Winter is approaching now, and these people need our help urgently.”
The Foreign Minister went on to say that by providing 12 million euros for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, Germany was making an important contribution towards alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people. He added, “The United Nations will use the additional German assistance to prepare refugee camps for the winter and to provide food, essential medicine and warm clothing to the Syrian people.”
Humanitarian assistance measures in Syria are being further funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. German and international aid organizations are able, in close coordination with the United Nations, to apply for funding for projects in Syria which have a particularly high priority because of the humanitarian crisis and the approaching winter.
Assistance for people in Syria and in neighbouring countries
In the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan
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In Syria itself, more than three million people are suffering due to the fighting there, and more than 360,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees fears that the number of refugees could double by the end of this year. The approaching winter is further exacerbating the humanitarian situation.
The money provided now brings the total sum of German assistance in the Syria crisis to 67.3 million euros. Of this total, 30.3 million euros are being funded by the Federal Foreign Office to provide humanitarian assistance in Syria and to care for refugees in neighbouring countries.
Last updated 07.11.2012