Syria Crisis: UK Humanitarian response

Syria crisis: UK humanitarian response

The conflict in Syria is gravely concerning with many grim statistics – over 2 million people have fled the fighting in Syria, of whom more than half are children. A Syrian becomes a refugee every 15 seconds.

The UK has committed its largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis to help those affected by the conflict. We’re providing £400 million in support which includes food, medical care and relief items for over a million people including those affected by the fighting in Syria and to refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The UK is at the forefront of the humanitarian response, the second largest donor to the crisis after the US.

International Development Secretary Justine Greeningurged the international community to step up its support to act now or risk a lost generation of Syrian children. During a visit toJordan earlier this week she visited Zaatari refugee camp– as well as the town of Mafraq, where host communities have opened their doors to Syrian refugees. She saw how UK support is helping to provide schools and education materials for refugee children.

Thu UK is determined to stand by the Syrian people in their hour of need, but it’s essential that more countries step up to the task.This is why Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting with donor countries on the margins of the G20 Summit in St Petersburg where further action to help those fleeing violence in Syria was discussed. G20 donors agreed priority steps to take including to work together to increase humanitarian assistance, increase collective support for medical assistance for responding to chemical weapons attacks and secure agreement to proposals for unfettered humanitarian access inside Syria.

Find out more:
News story: Syria crisis – Latest updates on UK aid
Factsheet: The UK’s humanitarian aid response
Video: 
Justine Greening sees how UK aid is helping Syrian refugees | A view from Zaatari with UNHCR
Blog: Helping the people of Syria in their time of need
Follow updates of the UK humanitarian response on Facebook 
Donate to the DEC Syria Crisis Appeal


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