Lack of funding may stall assistance to displaced civilians in SyriaListen /
The humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis is likely to grind to a halt due to a critical shortage of funding, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA.
The appeal for funds to assist Syrians displaced inside the country and those who have fled into neighbouring nations is only 20 per funded. OCHA says the response is also being hampered by Syrian government bureaucratic procedures, including the refusal to grant some UN staff entry visas.
Speaking at the end of the Syrian Humanitarian forum in Geneva, OCHA Director of Operations John Ging said aid workers were having difficulty accessing those displaced inside Syria due to insecurity. He says failure to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis continues to increase the number of those in need on a daily basis.
"If we don’t get more money people will die and there will be more humanitarian suffering. The needs will continue to grow as long as this conflict continues. That is a sad and tragic truth. We must be motivated by the plight of the Syrian people we cannot become numb to their suffering. We cannot become detached from the harrowing state of daily life inside Syria and in those refugee camps for people who have been physically traumatized by this conflict. There is unwillingness on the part of the Syrian authorities to issue visas to certain nationalities and that for us is not acceptable because it is obstructing our capacity on the ground. In the United Nations and the international NGO's we do not look at nationalities we look at expertise and experience."