Syria: 400 million dollars in aid from Islamic NGOs

Tomorrow 2nd UN conference donor countries, 6.5 bln requested

14 January, 15:02

    (ANSAmed) - KUWAIT CITY, JANUARY 14 - Islamic Non Government Organizations and charities across the world have vowed to raise together 400 million dollars (over 290 million euros) to ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Syria. The engagement was taken on Tuesday in Kuwait City at the Second Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, on the eve of the donors' conference for the war-torn country, to be attended by the NGOs together with UN agencies and some 60 countries including Italy. It will be hosted for the second consecutive year by the Gulf emirate under UN patronage.

    The difficult appointment takes place one week before the Geneva II conference as the international community has been asked by the UN to honor an application for urgent aid on behalf of Syria worth 6.5 billion dollars, an unprecedented sum in UN history for a single crisis at a time when Western countries are struggling with a difficult economy.

    Tuesday's conference was organized in Kuwait by the organization grouping Islamic charities whose president Abdullah al-Matuq called on the 'generosity' of participants, in a statement along the lines of those expected Wednesday from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and host, Kuwait's emir Sabah al-Ahmas al-Jaber al-Sabah to donor countries.

    In January 2013 NGOS used a total of 190 million dollars out of the 1.5 billion dollars pledged by donors for Syria of which, according to the UN, 72% was bestowed. According to Kuwaiti Kuna news agency, among the most generous organizations today were the British Islamic Relief Charity with 80 million dollars, the UAE Red Crescent with 35 million, the Thani Foundation of Qatar with 15 million while NGOs from the host emirate offered a total of 142 million.(ANSamed).

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