26 million euro for Syria and the region
Belgium will allocate this year 26 million euro for humanitarian help to Syria and neighboring countries. This sum will go to the war refugees.
With this new commitment, the total amount of humanitarian assistance from Belgium to Syria and its region now exceeds 100 million euro. “The Syrian crisis is is the largest human tragedy of our time” declared Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo. The funds will support the work of humanitarian organisations such as the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Our country is committed to a sustainable solution. “And a truly sustainable solution for Syria can only be reached through negotiations”, declared Minister De Croo. Belgium attaches also great importance to the fight against impunity of war crimes.
Some figures illustrating the seriousness of the Syrian crisis:
- More than 13 million Syrians currently need humanitarian help, such as food, shelter, medical care or water.
- Almost three million people are blocked in areas that are very hard to reach or besieged.
- More than five million found refuge in neighboring countries: Turkey (3,5 million), Lebanon (1 million), Jordan (655.000), Iraq (248.000) and Egypt (120.000).
Read the press release.