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U.N. Calls for $1.5 Billion to Help Syrian War Victims
December 19, 2012

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The United Nations has announced what it calls its largest ever short-term humanitarian appeal, a plea for $1.5 billion in aid to the still-living victims of the Syrian civil war.

Radhouane Nouicer, U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, announced the initiative, saying that $519.6 million was needed to help 4 million people still living in Syria and that $1 billion was needed to help up to 1 million who have fled the nearly two-year-old violent conflict. Nouicer emphasized the short-term nature of the appeal, saying that the initiative would end in July 2013.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon endorsed the effort and said he would support it with an international donor conference in early 2013. Among the items to be provided are food, water, shelter, clothing, shoes, emergency medical services, sanitation systems, and baby supplies. The plan calls for distribution to displaced people in all of Syria's 14 provinces.

About 2 million Syrians, full half of them children, have been forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing violence, human rights groups say. The U.N.'s World Food Programme is already sending monthly food rations to 1.5 million Syrians within the country, but officials say that the need is increasing by the day.




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