U.N. raises seven billion dollars for Syria from donors

  • Friday 15, March 2019 03:54 PM
  • U.N. raises seven billion dollars for Syria from donors
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: The United Nations won almost seven billion dollars in aid pledges for Syria on Thursday, overcoming fatigue among donors after eight years of civil war and sidestepping divisions over how to deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Mark Lowcock, U.N. under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said he was pleased with the outcome, noting the money would 'help save millions of lives and protect civilians across Syria and across the regions.'

The European Union, the world's biggest aid donor, pledged two billion euros for this year, although that sum included money already agreed for Syrian refugees in Turkey under a deal with Ankara to take in Syrians.

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides said participants in the donors conference sent 'a strong message' that a political solution could turn Syria into a 'stable, democratic and prosperous' country.

Syria has become the world's largest refugee crisis, the United Nations says, with more than 5.6 million Syrians fleeing to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.