UNHCR continues to reach toughest areas of Syria. File photo
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On Tuesday, thirty-one containers of humanitarian aid were sent from Dubai to Damascus for Syrians displaced by the civil war, that has gone one for four years as o, March 15.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the shipment worth $1.36 million. is expected to reach Damascus in two weeks.
Reports say that more than 7.6 million Syrians have been displaced within Syria alone since the civil war broke out four years ago. Some 3.8 million Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
“The core relief items include 81,750 sleeping mats, 62,500 jerry cans, 35,750 kitchen sets, and 7,000 plastic sheets,” according to the Gulf News which quoted officials.
In 2014, the Syrian Emergency received almost half or 47 per cent of all shipments from UNHCR in Dubai valued at $14.6 million. But even with this, aid officials believe they’re not doing much.
Problems also arise when funding runs short. Last year, UNHCR faced a more than 40 per cent deficit in funding, negatively impacting delivery of services to millions of Syrian refugees. According to reports, this year is no different.