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U.N. seeks $6.5 billion for Syria, its largest appeal ever for single crisis

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:23

Dec. 16 - The U.N. makes its largest ever global appeal for a single crisis, seeking $6.5 to deal with the growing humanitarian problem in Syria. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In a Damascus soup kitchen, the hungry wait for bowls of rice. Victims of the 33-month-long conflict in Syria. There's 16 million of them, says the U.N., many homeless. Displaced inside Syria - or as refugees in neighboring countries, like this Lebanese border town where they receive aid. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE ALI MOHAMMED ALI SAYING: "They distributed diesel, clothing and heaters. The diesel should be enough for 15 days." It's the winter that really worries aid workers. On Monday, the United Nations made its largest ever global appeal for a single crisis. It's asking for nearly seven billion dollars to deal with the growing humanitarian problem. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIA SITUATION SENIOR SPOKESMAN FOR UN REFUGEE AGENCY, PETER KESSLER, SAYING: "It's a massive number, it's the largest UN aid appeal for refugees ever and it's necessitated by the fact that the conflict shows no sign of ending. We have some 127,000 refugees fleeing Syria every single month." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, ALI, SAYING: "They gave us diesel, clothing and stoves today. Thank God, hopefully we can go back to our homes." But going 'home' won't be easy. The U.N. says some quarter of a million people inside Syria are living under siege, encircled by government forces or rebels, caught in the middle of a war with no end in sight.

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U.N. seeks $6.5 billion for Syria, its largest appeal ever for single crisis

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:23