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Western, Arab states pledge $1.4 billion in fresh Syria aid

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:25

Jan. 15 - Western and Gulf Arab nations pledge $1.4 billion for UN aid efforts in Syria, where an almost three-year-old civil war has left millions hungry, ailing or displaced. Mana Rabiee reports.

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An international gathering to find fresh aid for Syria. Western and Arab states were in Kuwait on Wednesday. That's where they pledged nearly one and a half BILLION dollars to the United Nations for its humanitarian aid efforts in Syria. Kuwait alone promised 500 million dollars. The United States, represented by Secretary of State John Kerry, pledged 380 million. U.N. refugee commission spokesperson Melissa Fleming. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES SPOKESPERSON, MELISSA FLEMING, SAYING "We have estimated that we will need 6.5 billion dollars in 2014 to help Syrians, Syrians who are internally displaced inside the country and Syrians who have been forced to flee outside the country." Wednesday's promise of fresh aid comes after the UN appealed for help last month. It was the largest request for aid ever made by the UN Syria's nearly three-year-long civil war has left millions of people hungry, ailing or displaced. Nearly 4 million are receiving food aid -- but the UN says it's especially worried about starvation in besieged areas that remain out of reach. A similar pledge of humanitarian aid was made last year but only 70 percent of that money has actually reached UN coffers. A hint of donor fatigue in a crisis that shows no end on the horizon.

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Western, Arab states pledge $1.4 billion in fresh Syria aid

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:25