$2.4 billion pledged for Syria humanitarian aid

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

A total of $2.4 billion has been pledged to support humanitarian aid for Syria at a United Nations-led conference in Kuwait according to an initial assessment .

Speaking after the event, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that the promises of financial contributions made by countries and organisations proved that the "people devastated by the conflict" have not been forgotten.

He said the money raised will allow humanitarian agencies to fund urgent priorities and to stem the tide of suffering caused by what he described as a "devastating conflict."

The humanitarian priorities include sending emergency food supplies to hungry people inside Syria and "medicines and equipment to treat the trauma that has affected civilians."

The civil war in Syria has been going on for three years and has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people.

More than 11 million people are in need of humanitarian aid both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

The United Nations has appealed for $6.5 billion to manage the crisis in 2014, the largest appeal it has ever made.

Daniel Dickinson , United Nations.

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