More than 16 million Syrians need aid assistance: UN

Posted on: April 7th, 2019 by
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Aid worth $US8.


4 billion is needed for 12.2 million people in Syria and 4.3 million refugees who have fled the country’s ongoing war, the UN says.

The latest figures say 3.8 million Syrians are refugees in neighbouring countries, but that figure will grow to 4.3 million by December this year.

A further 2.2 million people are internally displaced within Iraq, the UN’s 2015 Syria Response Plan and 2015-2016 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan says.

The required aid money is roughly $US500 per person.

The money will go towards food, shelter, education and health services, the UN said. 

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Australia would pledge $AU20 million ($15.2 million USD) to the relief effort.

“This contribution at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait City will bring Australia’s total humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria crisis to $AU155.8 million since 2011,” Ms Bishop said.

Recently, Ms Bishop told reporters in Canberra that Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann had assured her there would be no further cuts to the foreign aid, after speculation about cuts to foreign aid. 

Last year, Australia’s foreign aid budget received cuts. 

The May 2014-2015 Budget and following Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2014-15 contained $ billions of cuts to official development assistance, or foreign aid. 

In 2013, Australia gave away 32 cents in every 100 dollars of Gross National Income.

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