"Dangerously low" funding gap threatens aid delivery to Syrian refugees

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A Syrian boy photographed at a refugee transit site in Arsal, Lebanon. © UNHCR file Photo/M.Hofer

A "dangerously low" funding situation could affect aid delivery to millions of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict in their homeland for neighbouring countries.

The warning comes from more than 200 humanitarian relief partners, including UN agencies, who are calling for more international support and solidarity.

They say while countries have pledged more than US$4.5 billion, only US$1.6 billion has been received so far.

Dianne Penn reports.

The partners say the US$3 billion funding gap will affect Syrian refugees and the local communities hosting them in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan.

So far, 1.6 million refugees have already seen their food assistance reduced, while 750,000 children are not attending school.

António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, described the funding status as "so dangerously low" that the partners risk not being able to meet even the basic survival needs of the refugees over the next six months.

The more than 200 partners in the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) in Response to the Syria Crisis warn that if the funding shortfall continues, nearly two million people could face winter without fuel, shelter or warm clothes.

They are calling on the international community to "share more of the burden" with the countries hosting Syrian refugees through financial support or solutions such as additional opportunities for resettlement.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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