UNHCR concerned over lack of funds for Syrian refugees

Appeal for more financing for agency programmes

12 September, 18:30

    (NSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 12 - The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR is expressing its concern for a "looming serious shortfall in financing" for its work and that of its partners to support millions of Syrian refugees and the internally displaced. "UNHCR needs 270 million US dollars to ensure that the most vulnerable Syrians uprooted by war do not go without vital protection and assistance this year," it said in a statement.

    UNHCR's total funding requirements for 2018 for protection and assistance in Syria total 1.97 billion dollars. In September, only 610 million dollars were received, which is 31% of the total need. Currently, 196.5 million dollars would allow UNHCR to continue its essential programmes through the end of the year for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. This includes cash assistance, protection, health, and shelter activities. Overall, there are more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees registered across the region - 2.6 million of whom are children.

    "Without support, people resort to desperate measures such as going without adequate shelter, healthcare or education," UNHCR said.

    As well as funding for refugees, UNHCR is also calling for 73 million dollars to help address the needs of displaced people inside Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced since the start of the year, and many now rely on humanitarian support to meet basic daily needs. Part of funding both inside Syria as well as for neighbouring countries is needed to ensure that vulnerable families receive adequate support well before the arrival of winter. UNHCR estimates that 1.3 million vulnerable refugees are in desperate need of essential winter support. (ANSAmed).

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