"Different approach" needed to support Syrians

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Syrian children. Credit: UNOCHA

A different approach must be taken to support the people of Syria, one that includes ways of sustaining livelihoods and supporting a path back to long-term development, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Valerie Amos was on Thursday speaking in Berlin, Germany at the launch of new humanitarian and development appeals for Syria.

UN agencies are asking for $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.

During the last four years of conflict, Syria has fallen from a middle-income country to one with a 75 per cent rate of poverty.

Ms Amos said the plans launched are intended to supply people with food, shelter, and medicine, but also with support for maintaining education, health services and rebuilding fragmented communities.

Behind the huge numbers of people in need of assistance, the top UN humanitarian official said there lies what she called an "unimaginable tragedy" where half of those displaced are children living through trauma.

Ms Amos said she is raising the alarm and hoping the call will be heard.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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