Irish aid reaching flooded Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon
Irish charity Concern Worldwide has distributed aid to hundreds of Syrian refugee families whose tented homes were flooded during heavy rains in northern Lebanon.
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Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley has welcomed the Irish government’s promise of €25 million in funding to support civilians affected by the Syrian conflict.
Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley has welcomed the Irish government’s promise of €25 million in funding to support civilians affected by the Syrian conflict. Mr MacSorley said the urgent need for the Irish government’s pledge was reinforced by Tuesday’s chemical attack on civilians in north-western Syria. He said:
“This €25 million will help the millions of civilians caught up in the horrific Syrian conflict and is hugely welcome.
“Concern staff are on the ground providing lifesaving assistance to over 1.5 million people in Syria and in its neighbouring countries.
“This additional funding will go towards closing gaps in crucial areas such as education, protection and access to health care.
“The Irish government’s funding is timely and desperately needed, showing leadership that other donors must follow.
“However, the conflict shows no signs of abating and, if anything, it is intensifying.
“Tuesday’s barbaric chemical attack only reinforces the need for an urgent and immediate need to end to fighting.
“The eyes of the world are on the powers that be, including the United Nations Security Council, to make this happen."
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