Kuwait gives $100 million to UN refugee agency for operations in Syria

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A contribution of $100 million by Kuwait to UN refugee operations in Syria represents "a difference between life and death" for Syrians both inside and outside the country.

That's what the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, said in Geneva on Monday as he welcomed the donation by the State of Kuwait.

Mr. Guterres recalled that the Middle Eastern nation had already provided shelter, education, health services, water and sanitation and had helped to protect women and children in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

"I am sure the second Kuwait contribution will represent for millions of Syrians inside and outside the country the difference between life and death, the difference between human dignity and abject deprivation, and these contributions will allow all of us to be able to do much more in support of the people that have suffered so much." (23")

UNHCR noted that the donation by Kuwait comes as Syria tops the world list for the number of displaced people with 2.6 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and over 6.5 million displaced inside the country.

The UN refugee agency said it needs more than US$ 1.6 billion to fully fund its operations in response to the Syria crisis and it has so far received only 22 per cent of that amount.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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