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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Concern's plea for more UN funding to protect 'shattered lives' of Syrians

Wicklow artist Marc Corrigan who illustrated the report prior to the launch of Concern Worldwide ‘Shattered Lives’ report on the 6th anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Photo: Chris Bellew
Wicklow artist Marc Corrigan who illustrated the report prior to the launch of Concern Worldwide ‘Shattered Lives’ report on the 6th anniversary of the Syrian crisis. Photo: Chris Bellew

Gavin White

UN member states and donors need to urgently increase protection funding to help reduce Syrian refugee suffering, an aid agency said.

To mark the sixth anniversary of the Syrian crisis, Concern has launched a new report, 'Shattered Lives', which highlights civilians' increased exposure to violence in Syria.

"Despite an increasing recognition that protection must form a central pillar of humanitarian response, it remains drastically underfunded, with a gap of over 75pc of requirements in each of the last two years," Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide, said.

Mr MacSorley said access is the greatest obstacle to carrying out humanitarian assistance inside Syria.

The report said of the $236m (€224m) required for protection in the UN's Humanitarian Needs Overview, only 24pc, or $56.5m (€54m), was received, leaving a shortfall of $180m (€170m).

Wicklow artist Marc Corrigan illustrated the report.

Marc Corrigan with International Development Minister Joe McHugh and Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide. Photo: Chris Bellew
Marc Corrigan with International Development Minister Joe McHugh and Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide. Photo: Chris Bellew

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