18 Sep 2015
Printer-friendly version
More than 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection inside Syria – 7.6 million people have been displaced internally and at least 4 million Syrians have fled to other countries in the region. 

“The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War” stressed the Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien when briefing the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, 16 September. “These refugees are fleeing for their lives from war and violence, and have a right to seek asylum without any form of discrimination. As an international community, it is our responsibility to support the neighbouring countries who shoulder most of the burden.” 
 
Since the conflict began in 2011, CERF has allocated US$212.4 million to Syria and neighbouring countries that have been affected by the crisis. UN agencies and IOM in Syria have received more than $110.5 million in CERF funds. An additional $101.9 million has gone to relief agencies supporting Syrians who have fled to Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. 
 
In early 2015, the Syria crisis was prioritized during the 1st underfunded emergencies allocation round with the $77.5 million funding boost for life-saving relief work and sustaining humanitarian operations in the region. But the needs are much greater - some $738 million dollars are still required to fund essential life-saving operations until the end of this calendar year in Syria. "The lack of funding for humanitarian operations continues to be a major challenge," said the O’Brien.