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OCHA Operations Director on Syria

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Published on Jul 17, 2012

The humanitarian response for Syria is facing a critical shortage of funds, OCHA's Director of Operations, John Ging, said at the fourth meeting of the Syrian Humanitarian Forum on 16 July 2012. Mr. Ging called on the donor community to scale up contributions to enable aid agencies to help those affected by the escalating crisis.

"If we don't get more money, people will die and there will be more humanitarian suffering. The needs will continue to grow as long as this conflict continues -- that is a sad and tragic truth," said Mr. Ging.

To date, the $189 million appeal for assistance for the response inside Syria is 20 per cent funded, while the $193 million appeal for the response to assist refugees in Turkey, Lebanon Jordan and Iraq is also 20 per cent funded.

The forum brought together over 350 participants from Member States, regional organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN humanitarian agencies to mobilize the necessary resources to provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by the conflict in Syria.

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