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Syria, Jun 28 (Canadian-Media): 1. A generation of Syrian children have only known hardship and destruction.
The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011, has lasted almost as long as the First and Second World Wars combined. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in hostilities. The tragedy is that no one knows exactly how many.
2. Across Syria at least 11 million people need aid and protection.
This is more than the population of countries such as Greece, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates. Some 9.3 million people in Syria are food insecure. This is an increase of 1.4 million in the last six months alone and the highest number ever recorded. Basic food items are now a staggering 209 per cent higher on average than in June 2019. The poverty rate is 90 per cent.
3. More than 12 million people are displaced or are refugees in the region.
This is half of the country's pre-conflict population. The prospect of returning home is uncertain for 6.7 million internally displaced people and 5.5 million refugees. There are limited job opportunities and, in some areas, ongoing hostilities.
4. The UN has raised about US$2 billion every year for the humanitarian response inside Syria.
This has alleviated some of the most shocking consequences of the crisis and supported local communities. So far this year, the UN and its partners have delivered assistance to an average of 6.2 million people each month, including life-saving food for 4.5 million people across all 14 governates.
5. Funding is still desperately needed for the humanitarian response.
This year, the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan needs $3.8 billion, including $380 million for the COVID-19 response. It is currently only 27 per cent funded. For funding updates visit: https://fts.unocha.org/appeals/924/summary