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Ireland is giving more money to help people suffering in Syria

A total of €13 million in humanitarian support has now been committed to victims of the Syrian conflict by the Irish government this year.

Migrants and refugees disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday.
Migrants and refugees disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday.
Image: Santi Palacios/AP/Press Association Images

AID ORGANISATIONS WORKING in Syria and neighbouring countries are to receive €2.95 million from the Irish government, it was announced today.

The latest round of funding will assist Ireland’s UN partners delivering humanitarian assistance to victims of the Syrian conflict.

It is part of a package of €4.45 million being set aside for the Middle East region, with €250,000 going to support Unicef’s work in Iraq and €1.25 million being allocated to Ireland’s UN and Red Cross partners in Yemen.

The announcement brings to €13 million the humanitarian aid provided by Ireland to support Syrian refugees this year.

“Over the last five years, the situation for Syrians in their home country has deteriorated steadily, with more than 250,000 people already having been killed, while millions more have been forced to flee their homes,” Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan said.

Minister of State for Development Seán Sherlock added that part of the funding will support education initiatives for children displaced by the Syrian civil war.

“When I visited Jordan in October I had the opportunity to meet with Syrian refugees, and was struck by their desire to see their children getting an education there and building a future, but for many this was beyond reach.

Children who are fleeing war have no hand or control in their fate. Education is a global right and one we must ensure is delivered in these most challenging of situations.

Read: Being gay in the Islamic State: ‘I’d prefer it if you shoot me in the head’

Read: A Syrian living in Ireland thinks taking in 4,000 refugees is too little, too late

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