Wednesday 21 February 2018

Irish aid for humanitarian crisis to hit €11m

THE country's response to the Syrian crisis will hit almost €11m after a further tranche of money goes to the UN.

A further €1m will be split, with €750,000 going to the UN's human rights commission, and €250,000 to UNICEF for their work assisting Syrian refugees throughout the stricken area.

It will go towards helping aid workers provide food, water, sanitation and shelter for refugees.

Development Minister Joe Costello said the more than one million Syrian children displaced from their homes was a "stark reminder of the immense human suffering" caused by the civil war.

Figures released by the UN showed that seven million – or a third of Syria's population – were now displaced both inside and outside of the country.

Ireland has also funded the deployment of the country's rapid response corps to aid with humanitarian emergencies.

Irish Independent

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