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UN: Syria Aid Needs Largely Unanswered 04/23 06:16

   GENEVA (AP) -- The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide 
humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency 
funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.

   With only $1.2 billion pledged, the agency heads are renewing their December 
appeal and emphasizing that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the 
day as the 3-year-old civil war escalates in many areas.

   The December appeal "has gone largely unanswered" for a crisis affecting 9.3 
million people, said a joint statement Wednesday by U.N. humanitarian chief 
Valerie Amos, UNICEF director Anthony Lake, U.N. refugee commissioner Antnio 
Guterres, World Food Program director Ertharin Cousin and World Health 
Organization director Dr. Margaret Chan.

   They say "the worst days seem yet to come" for civilians remaining in 
Aleppo, Homs, and other areas with heavy fighting.


(KA)


 
 
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