UAE gives $12m for suffering Syrians

The donations will help around 115,000 Syrians including 58,000 children and 30,000 women, according to the UAE’s Ministry of International Cooperation and Development

The UAE has agreed to give more than AED44m ($12m) to UN agencies for health, water and sanitation services, for Syrians now enduring their fourth year of conflict.

The donations will help around 115,000 Syrians including 58,000 children and 30,000 women, according to the UAE’s Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD).

“As the Syrian crisis continues without any solution on the horizon, we have to continue to do everything we can,” said Rida Omran, GCC representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The latest agreements, announced on Thursday, will provide AED25.7m ($7m) and AED18.4m ($5m) to the UN’s children and refugee agencies, respectively. Aid to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, will provide food to children under 5-years-old and to pregnant and breast-feeding women in Syria. UNICEF has revealed that reports from doctors inside and outside the country show an increase in the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition.

“This latest support will enable UNICEF to ensure that malnourished children receive proper care in a functioning health facility,” said Dr Ibrahim El-Ziq, UNICEF Gulf Area Representative. “[And can] continuously screen children for malnutrition to help in early intervention and monitoring, which will save thousands of children’s lives.”

The agreement with UNHCR provides some AED7m ($1.9m) to improve health services for refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari and Azraq camps and a further AED11m ($3m) for the supply of water and sanitation in Zaatari.

More than 600,000 Syrians were registered with UNHCR in Jordan at the end of June, of which close to 100,000 live in the camps.

The latest support to Syria’s millions of displaced people and refugees is part of the AED220m ($60m) pledged by the UAE, at the Kuwait Second International Pledging Conference for Syria, in January. As of the end of June, UNHCR Jordan reported a funding shortfall of $176.2m.

Since the conflict began, some 2.5 million Syrians have fled their country and 6.5 million have been displaced internally.