Appeal for $16.4 billion launched to help 57 million people

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A man carries away a bag of rations distributed by the UN World Food Programme (WFP)/ UN Photo/WFP/Amjad Jamal

A global appeal for $16.4 billion has been launched by UN humanitarian agencies to help 57 million of the most vulnerable people in emergencies in 2015.

Launching the appeal in Geneva on Monday, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos said that 80 per cent of the people humanitarian agencies intend to help are in countries mired in conflict.

Ms Amos told reports that at the beginning of this year humanitarian agencies appealed for $12.2 billion to help 52 million people. Over the course of the year the number of the people in need increased to 76 million.

"As a result of this we revised our appeal upwards asking for 17.9 billion to help people in 31 countries. In the plans that we are launching today, a combined 78 million people are considered in need of humanitarian assistance and we aim to respond to the urgent needs of 57 million of them. We require 16.4 billion to meet the needs in the appeal that we are launching today" (29")

Ms Amos said that this does not include nine countries in the Sahel region of Africa and Djibouti whose appeal will be launched in February next year.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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