Syria: UN and NGO partners appeal for $4.63 billion in new funding for two-year Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan
The UN and more than 240 partners formally launched today the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 and 2018, appealing for $4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The plan seeks aims to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria and 4.4 million people hosting them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, and is in addition to the $3.4 billion that the UN estimates will be required to address the humanitarian needs of 13.5 million people within Syria this year.
4.81 million Syrians have sought refuge into the Republic of Turkey, the Lebanese Republic, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Iraq and the Arab Republic of Egypt, and there are an estimated 6.1 million internally displaced people within Syria. Turkey hosts more refugees than any other country – some 2.76 million, accounting for around 3.5 per cent of the population of Turkey. In Lebanon, the one million registered Syrian refugees are equivalent to over 20 per cent of the population, and the 655,000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan are equivalent to nearly 9 per cent of the population. Iraq hosts nearly 230,000 Syrian refugees, as well as 3.2 million internally displaced Iraqis. Egypt hosts around 115,000 Syrian refugees along with refugees from many other countries.
Children and youth comprise more than half of the displaced, as well as half of those in need of humanitarian assistance. They are close to 2 million, as ERC O'Brien recalled today. "They are children under the age of five –- infants and children -- who have known nothing but conflict and loss throughout their short lives," he said. "These children face a heightened risk of malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhoea, infectious diseases, and injury. Many need support after being exposed to traumatic events, violence and human rights abuses and violations (...) Let this room send out that flaring beacon of hope. We haven’t forgotten. We won’t forget. From Helsinki, we, the international community and the local people, call on the world that now is the time to intensify and grow our support for the Syrian people and their chance of hope."
Inside Syria, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict now in its sixth year. 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats. Over half of the population has been forced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times. “The suffering of the Syrian people – the majority of whom remain inside the country – continues unabated," said UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O'Brien. "It’s imperative that we step up our collective efforts to meet the needs of the 13.5 million Syrian men, women and children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection.”