Syrian refugee appeal underfunded: UNHCR

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A humanitarian appeal to help people fleeing the violence in Syria remains underfunded, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday.

The agency said less than 20 per cent of the $84 million requested had been received one month after the UN and its partners launched the appeal.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said the money will be used to support more than 60,000 Syrians who have escaped to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq:

"UNHCR is of course as the refugee agency leading in this assistance but there are many other partners and we are noticing that many of the refugees have arrived because they have suddenly fled with little or no financial resources and very, very much reliant on host communities who are being very generous but also organizations like us dedicated to supporting them. And we are definitely noticing that host communities and our undefunded organizations are showing signs of strain, financial strain."

The UN Humanitarian Office is co-hosting a closed door Syria forum in Geneva on Friday.

Fleming said she hopes one of the outcomes will be better funding.

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