UK Prime Minister announces $3M aid to Syria

The United Kingdom will be sending lifesaving assistance to civilians affected by the 11-month-old uprising in Syria.

While at the U.K.-France summit on Friday (Feb. 17), Prime Minister David Cameron announced 2 million pounds ($3 million) of aid for people in Syria. The funding will help provide emergency medical services and supplies, basic food rations, essential household items, and safe drinking water. It will also be used to restore damaged water and sanitation infrastructure.

Cameron said the international community needs to do all it can to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad and stop the “butchery” taking place in the country.

“I am not satisfied that we are taking all the action we need to but it is difficult, it is complicated,” he said. The United Nations estimates more than 5,000 have died since the uprising in March.

Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said the funding will provide immediate, short-term help to Syrians. Mitchell said, however, that a longer-term solution is “urgently needed.”

The funding will be channeled through three humanitarian agencies operating in Syria. An adviser will be deployed to the region to liaise with aid agencies and coordinate international humanitarian relief efforts. The Department for International Development, however, did not identify the organizations for fear of reprisals.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.