Donors Pledge $3.8B For Syrian Humanitarian Response, Nearly Half Of U.N.’s Original Appeal

The Guardian: Donors pledge $4bn in humanitarian aid for Syrians
“The international community has pledged $3.8bn to tackle the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Syria — less than half the amount the U.N. says is needed this year to help the millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict…” (Jones, 3/31).

The Guardian: E.U., U.S. and Kuwait pledge more than $2bn in humanitarian aid for Syrians
“The E.U., the U.S., and Kuwait have pledged more than $2bn of the $8.4bn the U.N. is appealing for to help tackle the dire humanitarian situation caused by the war in Syria as the country enters its fifth year of conflict…” (Jones, 3/31).

The Nation/Agence France-Presse/Reuters: Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion as IS kills 37 civilians
“… ‘Today, the international community has come together in solidarity with the people of Syria and neighboring countries bearing the heavy burden of hosting millions of Syrian refugees,’ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the gathering, to a press briefing after the pledges were announced…” (4/1).

New York Times: Conference to Aid Syrians Falls Short of Expectations
“…While no specific target had been set for the conference, emergency aid advocates expressed alarm over what they saw as an anemic response to the record $8.4 billion that the United Nations requested in December for all of 2015…” (Gladstone, 3/31).

U.N. News Centre: Donors pledge $3.8 billion in aid to people affected by Syria crisis at U.N.-backed conference
“…The pledges come as the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance…” (3/31).

Wall Street Journal: Nations Pledge Nearly $4 Billion for Syrian Humanitarian Efforts
“…Aid officials attributed the shortfall to multiple regional crises, including the war against Islamic State and an armed conflict in Yemen, have stretched resources and caused the Syrian humanitarian crisis, which has been continuing for more than four years, to fall in priority. But as funding dwindles, the need is increasing…” (Abdulrahim, 3/31).

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