War in Syria

The Aid to Syria must not diminish

A three-day international conference on Syria starts in Brussels today. Aid agencies active in the conflict region, including Caritas, are expressing their concern that the readiness of the international community to provide assistance is diminishing. 


The aid efforts for the victims of the war in Syria are in a delicate phase. Eight years after the start of the war, 11.7 million people depend on humanitarian aid, 6.2 million people are internally displaced. 5.6 million live as refugees in the neighbouring countries, which places a huge burden on social cohesion as well as on public services. Even though the conflict dynamics are changing, this should not be used as a reason for the international community to reduce its engagement; the commitments to provide assistance entered into in previous conferences must be respected. Humanitarian aid must remain a priority. In statements on the Brussels conference, this is affirmed by the aid agencies active in Syria and the neighbouring countries.

Reality shows that after eight years of war, the security situation of the civilian population remains precarious, and the conditions for a coordinated return of the refugees are not in place, the aid agencies write in their statement. There are inadequate resources to meet basic needs, and the resilience of the most vulnerable sections of the population could not be noticeably improved. In a joint appeal, the aid agencies urge all the participating parties to contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. 

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