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Helping the victims of the Syria conflict

More than 850,000 people have sought refuge from the violence in Syria in neighbouring countries, while more than four million people in Syria are suffering as a result of the conflict and depend on humanitarian aid. Germany is one of the biggest bilateral donors and has provided a total of around 125 million euros since the start of the Syria crisis, of which 68 million for humanitarian aid measures and some 50 million for recovery and rehabilitation as well as bilateral aid.

The German Government recently increased its humanitarian assistance for the victims of the Syria conflict by five million euros. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin on 28 February that it was “our duty to help our fellow man”. He went on to say, “We want to send a signal of solidarity and support to those who are suffering greatly in Syria and neighbouring countries.”

The additional funds now made available for humanitarian aid by the German Government will go to support measures by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria and neighbouring countries as well as the Federal Agency for Technical Relief’s efforts in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Some of the money will also be used to fund humanitarian projects run by German NGOs.

At a UN humanitarian donors conference held in Kuwait on 30 January 2013, the German Government pledged to make available ten million euros for humanitarian assistance in Syria and the surrounding countries. In addition to bilateral commitments such as Germany’s, the EU announced following the conference that it would be providing a further 100 million euros in funding. The total made available to date by the EU for the victims of the Syria conflict thus rose to just under 200 million euros.

Many people have found refuge in Zaatari

Many people have found refuge in Zaatari
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Many people have found refuge in Zaatari

Many people have found refuge in Zaatari

Many people have found refuge in Zaatari

Visits on the ground

On 8 September 2012, Minister Westerwelle was able to see first hand the situation in Zaatari refugee camp, which now houses around 80,000 refugees. Westerwelle was deeply moved by what he found. Over half of the refugees are children who are particularly traumatized by the violence and loss of their homes. Previously the camp had been visited by Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Markus Löning.


Last updated 28.02.2013