Syrian people's plight is worse than ever, say UN aid chiefs

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Two Syrian refugees, a brother and sister, in Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

More than US$ 8 billion worth of aid is needed to help millions of desperately vulnerable Syrians in 2017, UN agency chiefs said on Tuesday.

Introducing the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan in Helsinki, Finland, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said that their suffering continues "unabated".

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, meanwhile, added that even though far fewer Syrians were now arriving in Europe, their situation remains dire.

Also present was Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

She echoed the need to help the countries which had supported Syrians displaced by the near six-year war.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Duration: 2’46″

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