The European Union (EU) has donated 63 million euros (R863 million) to the United Nations (UN) to help Syria’s ‘complicated’ humanitarian operations, reports from Brussels said this week.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed the donation, saying that it was one of the largest single contributions it has received from the EU, which it described as one of its ‘most important partners’.
“We must do whatever we can to help those who have lost everything through this conflict,” a delighted António Guterres, UNHCR boss, said in remarks posted on the Geneva-based organisation’s website.
“One of UNHCR’s priorities is to bolster support in the neighbouring countries during the winter, where the vast majority of Syrian refugees live and where needs are greater than ever,” Guterres added.
Each day, thousands of Syrian refugees are braving winter each day to flee their war-hit country to seek safety and relief in neighbouring countries, the UN said. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva said the EU’s collaboration with major UN agencies was vital to the overall relief assistance being provided by Europe for this terrible crisis.
The UN is looking for US$6.5 billion for its humanitarian operations in Syria, which it has described as one of the world’s worst refugee crisis ever.