"Clumsy" conflict creates "terrible" humanitarian situation in Syria

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Aisha and two of her children stand outside the family's caravan. She has lost three other children since the war in Syria began. Photo: Robinson/UNHCR/Iraq-15/05/14

The humanitarian situation caused by the ongoing conflict in Syria has been described as "terrible" by the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country.

The conflict, which started as an uprising against the government in 2011 degenerated into civil war, displacing over 6 million Syrians and claiming more than 190,000 lives.

Relief agencies have continued to help the people in need and a donor conference it taking place in Kuwait on 12 October to take stock of the resources that have been mobilized for the relief operations in Syria.

The situation has been complicated by the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has launched attacks forcing thousands more people to flee their homes.

To find out more about the situation in Syria, Reem Abaza spoke with Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria on the line from the country's capital, Damascus.

Duration: 4'55"

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