The global community has stepped up humanitarian aid efforts in Syria, pledging billions of dollars, but will those good intentions help those most in need?
CCTV’s Rachelle Akuffo reports.
Humanitarian aid to Syria falling shortThe global community has stepped up humanitarian aid efforts in Syria, pledging billions of dollars, but will those good intentions help those most in need?
The United States, United Kingdom, Kuwait and the European Commission pledged the largest amounts of humanitarian aid to Syria last year, but will the commitments translate into actual funds?
Since 2012, Syrian aid targets from the United Nations have been routinely underfunded. Last year, less than half of the nearly $3 billion requested was received.
The under funding means an even larger amount is needed for 2016. Around eight billion dollars.
Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders fell apart just hours before the donor conference got underway.
It is fueling fears that violence in the region will continue to limit aid from reaching those most in need, even if that funding is secured.
History and Politics academic Samer Abboud on Syria international aid
CCTV America’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Samer Abboud, an associate professor of Historical and Political Studies at Arcadia University.