UN launches $12.9b 2014 aid appeal, half for Syria crisis

By REUTERS
December 16, 2013 12:58

 
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GENEVA - The United Nations appealed for $6.5 billion for Syria and neighboring countries on Monday to provide assistance to a total of 16 million people, many left hungry or homeless by the conflict soon entering its fourth year.

The Syrian appeal accounted for half of an overall funding plan of $12.9 billion to help 52 million people in 17 countries, launched on Monday by UN emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos at a meeting of donor countries in Geneva.

"The increasing number of internally displaced people and refugees is generating greater needs across all sectors and straining the capacities of neighboring countries, with profound regional consequences," the UN appeal said of the Syrian crisis.

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