UN seeks over 5 billion dollars for Syria in its biggest ever appeal

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The Baba Amro neighbourhood in Homs, Syria. [UN Photo/Atiqul Hassan]

The United Nations and its partners have appealed for $5.2 billion dollars for 2013 to meet the needs of nearly 7 million Syrians, now in need of urgent help.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says the number of displaced has more than doubled with one in 3 Syrians needing help.

She says this is the biggest appeal ever for Syria, noting that donors have so far pledged 1.24 billion..

“But I think what we as principals would like to make clear today is that these are massive figures but those figures mask a human tragedy. Ordinary, men, women and children are bearing the brunt of this crisis. More than 80,000 people have been killed and these are figures which are rising everyday. Schools, hospitals, water, sanitation plants have all been targeted. We, as the United Nations, are concerned that as these needs are rising, we are not able to meet them all. We are working with a number of constraints, including the security situation on the ground.”

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says 1.6 million Syrians sheltering in neighboring countries and in North Africa, noting that the situation has worsened significantly.

Ms. Amos says "we need a political solution in this crisis. The crisis will not be resolved through humanitarian effort. The humanitarian community will continue to urge for a political solution".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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