Friday, June 7, 2013

Largest Humanitarian Appeal In History Issued

The United Nations has issued the largest humanitarian appeal in history for Syria after it is estimated that half of the population will need aid in 2013.

Syria, which is embroiled in civil war, needs up to $5bn (£3.2bn) this year - overshadowing the $2.2bn sought by the UN for Iraq in 2003.

The Syria conflict has now lasted 26 months and claimed more than 80,000 lives.

The appeal said $2.9bn is needed for 3.45m refugees and 6.8m citizens inside the country while $1.4bn is required for humanitarian needs.