Funding for Syrian refugees "absolutely crucial"

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Hundreds of refugees from Syria cross the border into Jordan, receiving food and water before being transported to processing centres. © UNHCR/J.Kohler

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it's "absolutely crucial" that funds are provided to support programmes for Syrian refugees.

As the conflict in Syria continues, it's expected that the number of refugees in the region will reach 3.6 million by the end of the year.

UNHCR fears the consequences of not funding programmes would be dire.

It could mean an increase of violence against women and children, the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people and increased malnutrition rates due to reduced food rations.

Patrick Maigua has been speaking to Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for UNHCR.

He began by asking him about the agency's latest appeal for funding.

Duration: 5'00"

 

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