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Monday, February 16, 2015

[UK] The Guardian: UK pledges £100m extra for Syrian refugees

8 February 2015

Total committed by Britain to Syrian crisis now £800m – Britain’s largest ever response to a humanitarian emergency

The UK has pledged a further £100m to help support Syrian refugees who have been forced from their country by almost four years of fighting.
The package – intended to assist refugees and the communities hosting them in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq - was announced by the international development secretary, Justine Greening, as she visited Jordan with the Prince of Wales on Sunday.
It brings the total committed by the UK to the Syrian crisis to £800m – Britain’s largest ever response to a humanitarian emergency.
As well as aiming to ease the burdens shouldered by Syria’s neighbours, the extra money will be used to provide food, medical care and relief items to some of the 3.8 million Syrians who have fled their homeland.
Greening, who visited a Unicef youth centre, a World Food Programme supermarket and a school in Za’atari village, said the money was proof of the UK’s commitment to helping Syrian refugees and those looking after them.