UN urges more help for countries sheltering Syrian refugees

Volunteers from a Lebanese aid group distribute food to Syrian refugees in Al-Amaan camp on October 25, 2014The United Nations issued a clarion call Tuesday for more funding to help countries such as Lebanon and Jordan host millions of Syrian refugees, warning it posed the world’s “most dramatic humanitarian crisis”. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told an international conference in Berlin that the impact of three million Syrians having fled the long and bloody conflict was “enormous” on its neighbours. “Economics, public services, the social fabric of communities and the welfare of families are all affected, not to mention the security impact of the Syrian conflict in the whole region,” he told the gathering. More than three million Syrians have fled their country since the uprising that began in March 2011, with most taking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

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