UN asking for $13 billion in aid for 2014 crises, including Syria

By Daniel S Levine,

The United Nations is asking for nearly $13 billion to help the most in-need humanitarian crises for 2014. Nearly half of that total would go to Syria and the surrounding areas.

This is a big jump from last year’s request, notes The Associated Press, when the UN initially asked for $8.5 billion. However, as Syria’s civil war developed, that number jumped to $13.6 billion. The UN said that they only reached 60 percent of their 2013 goal.

So, the UN is asking more people than ever before, trying to reach 52 million people in 17 countries. The agency admits that $13 billion may be hard to reach, “but attainable.”

Of the $13 billion, $6.5 billion is meant for Syria, reports The BBC. Almost three quarters of Syria’s population of 22.4 million will be in need of aid next year, the UN said.

"We're facing a terrifying situation here where, by the end of 2014, substantially more of the population of Syria could be displaced or in need of humanitarian help than not," UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement. “This goes beyond anything we have seen in many, many years, and makes the need for a political solution all the greater.”

The remaining $6.5 billion includes requests of $1.1 billion for South Sudan, $995 million for Sudan and $928 million for Somalia.

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