CARE welcomes Australian Government’s $25m contribution to Syria & Iraq, urges more support

INTERNATIONAL aid organisation CARE Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of an additional $25 million for humanitarian assistance in Syria and Iraq.

Dr Julia Newton-Howes, CARE Australia’s Chief Executive, said the pledge was encouraging but warned much more support will be required.

“$25 million is a lot of money but when you consider the UN is hoping to raise $12.6 billion from international donors, it is a drop in the bucket,” Dr Newton-Howes said.

CARE has joined other major Australian humanitarian agencies in calling for the government to provide $178 million overall to the Syria crisis this year, a total deemed Australia’s fair share based on analysis.

“This Syria response is chronically underfunded. This is a humanitarian crisis on an unimaginable scale and Australia needs to respond accordingly. This new funding is a step in the right direction but more support is needed.”

In Syria, more than 13 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, 4.6 million Syrians refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

“One of the most pressing issues for many refugees is just how they can survive and provide for their families in neighbouring countries,” Dr Newton-Howes said.

“Most refugees are unable to work legally, so they face increased risk of abuse, sexual exploitation and early marriage.

“The London Conference, and this new funding from Australia, offers a critical opportunity to find a regional response to the Syrian crisis. It is particularly important to scale-up employment opportunities for both refugees and host communities.

“This is crisis is having impacts in many countries around the world and it requires a global response.”

As millions of Syrian refugees face a fifth harsh winter since the war began, CARE’s teams across the region have been helping over 35,000 people in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey prepare with cash grants, and the provision of mattresses, blankets, gas heaters, and clothing. Inside Syria, CARE has helped approximately 50,000 people across the country this winter.

To donate to CARE’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal, visit www.care.org.au/syria, call 1800 DONATE (1800 020 046). A donation of $84 can provide hygiene kits for four women and $140 can feed a whole family for one month.

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