UN appeals for funds to assist nearly 200,000 Syrian refugeesListen /
United Nations humanitarian agencies and partner organizations are appealing for an additional $108 million to help meet the needs of growing numbers of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
The agencies originally appealed for $84 million in March this year.
Currently, more than 96,000 Syrians are either registered or being assisted in neighbouring countries with the number expected to increase to 185,000 over the coming months.
UNHCR's Regional Coordinator for Syrian Refugees Panos Moumtzis said 75 per cent of the Syrian refugees are women and children who are entirely dependent on life saving humanitarian assistance.
"What we saw in the last three months is a significant increase in the number of Syrian refugees crossing the border. We have gone from 40,000 on the first of April to 96,000 registered or assisted refugees in the neighbouring countries. This includes Turkey, Iraq Jordan and Lebanon. This means we have seen an average of over 500 refugees registering with us very day constantly through the last three months. Financial support is crucial in order to saw a sign of solidarity and support to the hosting neighbouring countries who have opened schools clinics to host the Syrian refugees. At the moment the current funding level for the regional humanitarian response plan stands at $49.6 million which means we have received about 26 per cent of the funding requirement."