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United Nations appeals for Dollars 22.5 billion humanitarian aid for 2018

United Nations appeals for Dollars 22.5 billion humanitarian aid for 2018

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Mark Lowcock launching the Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 in Geneva on Friday said some 136 million people across the world need humanitarian aid next year due to conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and displacement.

"More people than ever before will need our assistance", United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said in a statement launching the appeal.

From last year's estimate, the number of people requiring international aid globally has grown more than five percent, to 136 million.

"That blockade has been partially wound down but not fully wound down". However, Syria topped the list as the country most in need of humanitarian aid with $3.5 billion for assistance inside the war-torn country and another $4.16 billion for the needs of the country's 5.3 million refugees and the communities hosting them.

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With Yemen now facing the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, the appeal urged donors to cough up $2.5 billion to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in the country. He also called on the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia to fully lift its blockade on Yemen.

In Africa alone, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya and Somalia are all expected to see more civilian suffering.

According to the United Nations, needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, and remain exceptionally high in Nigeria, South Sudan, the Syria region and Yemen.

In 2018, needs will fall in some countries, but still remain sig-nificant, including in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mali, and Ukraine. Last year, donors fell short of the $22.2 billion requested last year for 2017, donating only $13 billion for aid.


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