The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported a catastrophic shortage of funds for programs aimed to help nearly 9 million Syrian children. UNICEF was warned that they will have to stop a number of important projects, including those related to providing these children with food and education. This is stated on the website of the UN News Center.
"This is the most serious underpayment of UNICEF projects for the entire period of the Syrian crisis. In Syria we have one of the largest humanitarian operations in the history of the Fund. Humanitarian needs in Syria itself and in neighboring countries are growing as a" snowball, "said the UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere.
Countries in the region that host a huge number of Syrian refugees are no longer able to cope with the influx. They can not provide all refugee children with education and health services, the report said.
The United Nations Children's Fund has requested $ 1.4 billion from donors for projects to help Syrian children in Syria itself, as well as in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. To date, only 25 percent of this amount has been received.