UN launches biggest humanitarian appeal, fearing deepening of Syrian crisis

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The United Nations has appealed for $13 billion for its global humanitarian response in 2014.

Nearly half of the funding or $6.5 billion will be used to support Syrians displaced inside the country and those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

The cost of the Syrian humanitarian response plan is the biggest appeal made by the United Nations for a single country.

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says humanitarian emergencies around the world were not only growing in scale but were also becoming complex due to the combination of conflict and natural disasters in the affected countries.

"The plans total $12.9 billion to reach every one we hope to help is 2014. This is the largest amount we have ever had to request at the start of the year. I hope that governments, private organisations and individuals who have been so generous this year, will continue to support our efforts to save the lives and support the millions of people who through no fault of their own are caught in the midst of crises across the world in 2014. The plans also include help for the millions of Filipino's who are struggling to rebuild their homes after Typhoon Haiyan and for the crisis in the Central Africa Republic where conflict and displacement have affected their entire country. The aim of our plan to bring lifesaving nutritional support and health care to people caught up in protracted crisis in Afghanistan, Sudan, south Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Haiti, where millions of people need urgent humanitarian aid to survive."

The 2014 humanitarian response plans to provide relief assistance to over 52 million people in at least 21 countries facing protracted humanitarian emergencies.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio Geneva.

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