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UN agencies, partners seek record $20B for humanitarian aid

Monday 07 December, 2015 12:00:00 am

UN agencies, partners seek record $20B for humanitarian aid

Geneva, Dec 07 (AP/UNB) — U.N. agencies and their partners are seeking over $20 billion in funding next year — their largest humanitarian appeal in history — after a dismal 2015 of mass refugee flows, war and catastrophe.


The agencies including the United Nations agencies for health, refugees and humanitarian assistance want to help 87 million people in 37 countries next year.


They're already short: The agencies say they're only half-funded in their 2015 appeals for $19.9 billion and face a total funding gap of $10.2 billion — also a record.


The funds, mostly from governments, go to medical support, food, shelter, protection and other aid for vulnerable or displaced people.


The agencies said Monday that wars in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen will remain the "greatest drivers of prolonged humanitarian needs" in 2016.