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Donors Pledge Funds For Syria As U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of Syria ‘catastrophe’ as NGOs pledge funds
“A U.N. envoy warned Monday of a ‘horrifying’ humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organizations pledged more than $500 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference. The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise $8.4 billion for Syria this year and hopes to receive major pledges at the donor meeting on Tuesday in Kuwait…” (Hasan, 3/30).

IRIN: Donors asked to dig deep for Syria
“High-level officials from 78 countries and more than 40 international organizations are gathering in Kuwait City to take part in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, amid major concerns of funding shortages…” (Redvers, 3/31).

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of pledging conference, senior U.N. officials urge donors to stand by Syrian people
“… ‘While we are managing to get more aid in through cross-border operations, we are seeing a closing down of our ability to get aid across conflict lines inside Syria. The situation is very grave,’ U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in an interview with U.N. Radio…” (3/30).

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