Monthly Archives: May 2013

1 in 3 Syrians in need of urgent humanitarian assistance

6.8 million people inside Syria (almost 1 in 3 Syrians) are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), with over 4 million people now internally displaced.

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The UN is currently providing food to 2.25 million Syrians a month.

Meanwhile, there are funding shortfalls of hundreds of millions dollars, they are still waiting for Assad’s permission to make cross-border deliveries to rebel-held areas in the North, only 10 convoys have delivered across “conflict lines” this year (5 to rebel-held areas, the other 5 to “contested” areas).

What this means is that the most populated province, Aleppo has the highest numbers in need (2.4 million) but relatively little aid delivered (749 cubic metres Jan-Mar 2013, far less than Damascus, Homs, Idlib and Daraa).

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