Refugee aid threat

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

UN­LESS bil­lions of dol­lars are re­ceived by the UN to help Syr­ian refugees dis­placed in the war-torn coun­try the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion will be forced to cut back its life-sav­ing as­sis­tance not only to Syr­i­ans but also refugees and host com­mu­ni­ties, with cat­a­strophic con­se­quences.

The UN and part­ners on Tues­day made an ap­peal for $4.63 bil­lion (R61bn) at a con­fer­ence in Helsinki.

Un­der-sec­re­tary-gen­eral for hu­man­i­tar­ian af­fairs and emer­gency re­lief co-or­di­na­tor, Stephen O’Brien, said that with­out the ad­di­tional funds fam­i­lies would be forced to try to sur­vive with­out ad­e­quate food and nu­tri­tion.

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