UN Launches The 'Largest Humanitarian Appeal In History' Over Syria

Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos at press conference announcing largest-ever humanitarian appeal by the UN for Syria. Photo: Violaine Martin

Syria Appeal Is Biggest In UN History -- The Guardian

Growing number of refugees prompts $5bn appeal, but fears remain that scale of crisis may have been underestimated.

The UN has launched the largest emergency appeal in its history – $5bn (£3.2bn) – as it warned that half the population will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year.

The civil war in Syria has led to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world amid a conflict in which hospitals, schools and water and sanitation infrastructure have been targeted.

But some fear that the $5bn appeal will not be enough as aid agencies have struggled to keep pace with the three-year crisis which has left more than 80,000 people dead.

"Unfortunately, several of the former appeals for the humanitarian response inside Syria and in neighbouring countries have underestimated the scale of the crisis," said Toril Brekke, acting secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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More News On The UN's Appeal For Aid To Syria

UN announces largest ever humanitarian appeal for conflict-torn Syria -- UN News Centre
U.N. Appeals for $5 Billion in Aid for Syria -- New York Times
U.N. seeks more than $5 billion in aid for Syria -- Washington Post
Syria crisis: UN launches largest ever aid appeal - BBC
UN launches record appeal for victims of Syrian war -- Reuters
UN urges Syria to immediately allow aid groups into newly captured Qusair to help civilians -- Washington Post/AP
UN Launches $4.4 Billion Appeal to Help Syrians -- Voice of America
UN launches 'largest humanitarian appeal in history' for Syria -- NBC
U.N.: Half of Syria's populace will need aid -- CNN

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