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Minister Flanagan announces €1.8 million in funding for Syria crisis

Minister Flanagan announces €1.8 million in funding for Syria crisis

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today announced funding of €1.8 million to the United Nations to meet the urgent needs of civilians affected by the Syria crisis.

Today’s funding will go to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

More than half of all those displaced by the Syrian crisis are children. Ireland’s support will directly help UNICEF to provide food, shelter, education, healthcare, water and sanitation for Syrian refugees, in particular for vulnerable children. Support to the UNHCR will benefit both refugees and communities hosting refugees, with a focus on the needs of those in Jordan.

Speaking on the final day of his visit to the Middle East, Minister Flanagan said:

“With over 12 million Syrians in need of assistance, almost 4 million of them refugees, the humanitarian crisis in Syria is a major human tragedy and a growing threat to regional stability. Our funding to UNICEF will go towards providing food, shelter, healthcare, water and sanitation.

“After five years of conflict, access to education is also crucial, if these young people’s future is not to be permanently compromised. More than half of all those displaced by the Syria crisis are children and we must ensure that no child is left without hope or a future.

“The funding announced today will bring Ireland’s total contribution to date in support of the Syrian people to over €30 million.”

Minister Flanagan also welcomed the generosity of countries who have hosted refugees, saying:

“Countries such as Jordan have shown great generosity in hosting so many Syrian refugees.

“However, the numbers pose a real difficulty for a country with a population not much greater than our own. This is a strain on public services such as health and education, as well as on resources such as land and water.

“Our funding to UNHCR will benefit both refugees and communities hosting refugees in providing support for water and sanitation, waste disposal, and healthcare."

ENDS
Press Office
19 February 2015