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World won’t cough up money for aid to Syria

January 30th, 2013
10:44 AM ET

Political solutions have failed to stop the civil war in Syria and now even the U.N. faces a $1.5 billion-dollar shortfall to help the people suffering there. There are 700,000 Syrian refuges in neighboring countries and two million internally-displaced people in Syria who face both a wrecked society and broken economy. The Director of the U.N. office for the coordination of Human Affairs, John Ging, just returned from Syria and told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that what he witness there was simply “appalling.” The urban warfare has been going on for twenty-two months now and last year the U.N.’s food ration only got to half the people they identified with hunger in Syria.

Update from the U.N.:
"More than $1.5 billion in additional money has been pledged from countries and regional organizations to support the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan and the Refugee Response Plan over the next six months. This is the largest response ever to a humanitarian pledging conference. And I thank you for your generous contributions. The exact amount is now being calculated."

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Srinath

    But we are ready to help Mali..OIL, Uranium – helps...not the frustration of Syrians.

    January 30, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  2. A.H.Khan

    Dear Amanpor!
    How much tolk about money to help war sone those we have created our selv for our own interst. Dirty human never love the semmiler human on the basic of human dignety. Sivlished dosen't know the human respect so long they know money dose every thing. I appreacite every thing, what you are doing for the human. It's reflect your so long you are in might site.........

    January 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  3. elijah

    There are countries supporting the Syrian government and some the rebellion that's why the war has been raging on for such a long time. Why can't some countries stop gaining from other countries miseries? In such situations peace loving countries should intervene very harsh militarily. People musnt die for fun.

    January 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  4. John Geheran

    Funny how the oil rich states of SA, Qatar, et al, are not offering to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria when a mere $1.5B is chump change in their coffers.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Jeannine

      That's what I've been wondering, how many of these palaces in SA and other ME countries could be sold, and the proceeds given to charity? How big of a home do you need? Kind of ballsy to point the finger at us for money when the means are right there close by.

      February 1, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • faris

      Funny how you assume the oil rich states of SA, Qatar, et al, have not already provided billions...time the rest of the world pitch in, after all, isn't this the way always works? Everyone pitches in to help peoples in trouble.

      February 3, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
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