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International Donors Pledge More Than $10B For Syrian Aid

CNN: Donors pledge $10 billion-plus for Syria as Russian planes pound Aleppo
“Donor countries pledged more than $10 billion for Syria at an international conference Thursday in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced, but a brutal Syrian government offensive, backed by Russian air power, overshadowed this goodwill…” (Hume, 2/4).

The Guardian: Governments pledge $10bn for Syria in largest one-day humanitarian drive ever
“…A total of $5.6bn was raised for this year, the British prime minister announced at the close of the conference, with a further $5.1bn for 2017-20, making it easier to develop long-term plans to help refugees in the camps and regions surrounding the war-torn country…” (Wintour/Black, 2/4).

New York Times: Syria Aid Pledges From Rich Countries Reach $10 Billion
“…The pledges of aid at a donor conference in London slightly exceeded the meeting’s goal, avoiding the failure of a similar conference last year, when cutbacks in aid helped spur mass migration of refugees to Europe…” (Davis/Castle, 2/4).

USA TODAY: Leaders pledge $10B to help displaced Syrians
“…British Prime Minister David Cameron promised $1.7 billion in new aid by 2020. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would provide more than $925 million, including over $600 million for food, shelter, medical care, and other aid. The U.S. has already provided over $4.5 billion to assist Syrian refugees. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would give $2.6 billion until 2018. Norway said it would give $1.1 billion…” (Onyanga-Omara/Hjelmgaard, 2/4).

VOA News: $10B Aid Pledge for Syria Overshadowed by Upsurge in Fighting
“…Arriving at the Syria donors’ conference Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry implored the world to act fast. ‘If people are reduced to eating grass and leaves and killing stray animals in order to survive on a day-to-day basis, that is something that should tear at the conscience of all civilized people and we all have a responsibility to respond to it,’ he said…” (Ridgwell, 2/4).

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