Syria: 37 aid agencies raise the alarm about the skyrocketing needs among Syrians, as humanitarian funds are cut

March 31, 2021
In reaction to the funding cuts for Syria announced at the Brussels V Conference, 37 aid agencies warn of the skyrocketing needs across the country and urge donors to renew and increase their support.

“Today’s pledged funds are urgently needed by millions of Syrians at home and dispersed across the region. They are needed now more than ever. While we welcome countries’ pledges that have kept their funding at similar levels to last year’s or increased it, as did Germany, it is extremely disappointing to see two major donors, the UK and the US, turn their back on the plight of Syrians. This will have a devastating impact on their lives.

“Syrians are facing record food insecurity levels and a declining socio-economic conditions. Needs have increased dramatically over the last year. Over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, with 12.4 million food insecure and another 1.8 million at risk of becoming so. 12 million people are in need of health assistance, yet health care facilities continue to come under attack. During a pandemic, 12.2 million lack regular access to clean water, while almost 6 million are in need of shelter.

“We urge donors to renew and increase support shown to date, to maintain and increase humanitarian access – both within Syria and across its borders – and we call on parties to the conflict to uphold the ceasefire, especially in northern Syria.”

Signed by:

-Access Center for Human Rights (ACHR)
-Action Against Hunger
-Amals Healing and Advocacy Center
-Basamat for Development
-Bonyan Organization
-Bousla Development & Innovation
-CARE International
-Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
-Centre D’accès Pour Les Droits de l’Homme (ACHR)
-Christian Aid
-Danish Refugee Council
-Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
-Humanity & Inclusion
-International Humanitarian Relief (IHR)
-International Rescue Committee
-INTERSOS
-Jana Watan
-Jesuit Refugee Service MENA
-Lamsat Ward
-Médecins du Monde
-Mennonite Central Committee
-Mercy Corps
-Norwegian Church Aid
-Norwegian Refugee Council
-Oxfam International
-Save the Children
-SEWAR
-Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
-Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
-Syria Relief
-Syria Relief & Development (SRD)
-Trocaire
-War Child
-WeWorld-GVC
-World Vision International
-Zenobia Association for Syrian Women
-ZOA