Crowe welcomes new pledge of aid for Syrian refugees
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on foreign affairs, trade and diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has welcomed the government’s pledge of €4.7 million in aid to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians who have become refugees since the conflict there began in March 2011. The pledge was made at a UN donor conference in Kuwait.
Speaking after the announcement Deputy Crowe said:
“I welcome this announcement from the government and their pledge of €4.7 million to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have been fleeing the brutal war in Syria. The war has already taken the lives of 60,000 people, and displaced over two million people.
“We know that currently four million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. This new additional support will be funded through Irish Aid and it will be provided to international agencies working on the ground in Syria and in neighbouring countries. They will provide life-saving humanitarian supplies, as well as health and education assistance, to the most vulnerable Syrians, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
“The war in Syria is now reaching ‘unprecedented levels of horror’ according to the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. This was clearly seen in the recent brutal massacre of 68 people, whose bodies were found in a canal in Aleppo.
“According to UN reports, one million Syrians are short of food every day, mainly those in conflict zones, due to restrictions on food distribution.
“I call on all sides in the war to urgently enter into peace talks and to immediately allow unhindered access to humanitarian supplies and to introduce protocols that will protect civilians and aid workers.”