UN Agen­cies Issue Joint Appeal for Action in Syria

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UN’s major agen­cies issued a joint state­ment call­ing on the polit­i­cal deci­sion mak­ers to take an imme­di­ate action toward the grow­ing vio­lence in Syria, which resulted in more than 70.000 casu­al­ties in the two-​year-​old cri­sis, accord­ing to offi­cial estimates.

The inter­na­tional com­mu­nity is demanded by the chiefs of Unicef, WHO, UNHCR, Ocha and WFP to make more efforts in order to find a solu­tion for the esca­lat­ing cri­sis in Syria and avoid more bloodshed.


“The appeal is for some­thing more than funds,” the state­ment read. “The needs are grow­ing while our capac­ity to do more is diminishing.”

Due to the inse­cu­rity across Syria, the human­i­ter­ian aid pro­vided by these agen­cies is about to be suspended.

“because of inse­cu­rity and fund­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, we are pre­car­i­ously close, per­haps within weeks, to sus­pend­ing some human­i­tar­ian sup­port,” the UN’s groups said.

Since the start of the ongo­ing rev­o­lu­tion, March 2011, an esti­ma­tion of 385.000 Syr­i­ans fled the coun­try and resorted to Jor­dan, 500.000 to Turkey, 416.000 to Lebanon. The Unicef reported that by the end of this year the num­ber will most likely triple.

The joint statemt of the five groups said: “We are appeal­ing for some­thing more impor­tant than funds. To all involved in this bru­tal con­flict and to all gov­ern­ments that can influ­ence them.”

“In the name of all those who have so suf­fered, and the many more whose futures hang in the bal­ance: Enough! Sum­mon and use your influ­ence, now, to save the Syr­ian peo­ple and save the region from dis­as­ter,” the state­ment concluded.


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