The humanitarian crisis in Syria is worsening as the coronavirus pandemic progresses. The conflict has entered its eleventh year, the local currency is in free fall and the price of food continues to rise.
To respond to the crisis, the European Union, the United States and dozens of other countries pledged $ 6.4 billion in aid for the Syrian people and their refugees, down sharply from the year before. previous and well below the 10 billion target set by the UN.
5.3 billion euros to fight war-ravaged Syria and help neighboring countries hosting refugees.
“In addition to grants, international financial institutions and donors announced concessional loans amounting to € 5.9 billion or US $ 7 billion.“, Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid.
90% of Syrians under poverty
At the annual conference that brought together more than 50 countries and financial organizations, the country’s political situation was not forgotten. For the high representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, it is up to the Syrians to decide the future of Syria.
“The future of Syria does not belong to any faction, to any outside power. It is up to the Syrians to shape their negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. The Syrian regime must take steps in this direction. If they do, we will respond“said Josep Borrel, the head of European diplomacy.
The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and since 2011 half of the Syrian population has had to flee. 90% of Syrians today live in poverty.