Speaking at the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced an additional £52m of British aid for the crisis in Syria.  Cameron has called for fellow leaders to help fund a £1.9 billion shortfall in the UN appeal for Syria. 

Following this announcement David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK said:

"The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is right to call for world leaders to sharpen their focus on the devastating humanitarian consequences of the conflict in Syria.  More than four million children are in urgent need of aid, including more than one million - the equivalent of all the children in Wales - now struggling to cope as refugees in neighbouring countries.  They are innocent victims and are losing their childhoods.  

"We are doing everything we can to deliver vital relief - including clean water, shelter, education, vaccines and psychological support.  However, numbers are growing every day and our emergency work is seriously underfunded.  We simply don't have enough money to help every child. We need an urgent step up in aid for the children who so desperately need it."

The UK public can donate £5 to UNICEF UK’s Syria appeal by texting the word DONATE to 70099.  £5 can provide a family with water for a week. To donate online visit www.unicef.org.uk




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Rose Foley, UNICEF UK: + 44 (0)20 7375 6077 / M: + 44 (0)7964 296 431/ rosef@unicef.org.uk

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