Refugee crisis growing in countries neighboring Syria

 

Nearly 44,000 Syrians have fled across the border into Turkey since the war began resulting in both a humanitarian and a political crisis. And it is not limited to Turkey. Concerns about regional destabilization are increasing as Jordan struggles to cope with the influx of refugees from Syria.

Sherif Elsayed-Ali, head of refugee and migrants’ rights with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, has called for nations to come forward with promised humanitarian support, noting that as of July 24, the $192 million U.N. Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees was only 26 percent funded.

He adds, “Another U.N. humanitarian appeal to support Syrians inside their country had, as of July 20, only received $38 million of the $180 million needed. What are the countries that purport to support the Syrian people waiting for?”

 

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