Civilians in Syria continue to pay price or conflict

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Tanker trucks supply water to a housing complex in Syria. Photo: OCHA/Ben Parker

The civilian population of Syria continues to suffer as a result of the ongoing conflict while shortages of funds make it difficult to provide adequate relief assistance.

That assessment comes from the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Radhouane Nouicer. 

He told reporters in the Syrian capital, Damascus on Monday that people have lost livelihoods and jobs, their homes, access to food, water, fuel, and health and are watching the future of their children put at risk.

Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) has more. 

"He noted in particular the destruction of industries, phone networks, roads, bridges, hospital, schools, electricity and oil sectors and agriculture which have all been damaged. He highlighted again the significant shortage of funding that we have. He said because of the shortages, the relief programmes failed to feed all those who require food, failed to treat all the sick and the wounded and do not provided the shelter for all the families in need."

Jens Laerke recalls that the pledging conference for Syria held in Kuwait at the end of January received pledges for $1.5 billion.

OCHA says the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan is currently 21 percent funded.

Donn Bobb, United Nations


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