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Estonia Helps Syrian Refugees in Turkey and Iraq


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting the alleviation of the humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Iraq through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with 250,000 Euros.

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, it is extremely important to continue supporting those countries that accept Syrian refugees. “The Syrian conflict is the largest humanitarian catastrophe of this century and unfortunately there appears to be no quick solution to it,” said Paet. “The increasing flow of refugees from Syria is substantially affecting the entire region. It continues to be necessary to assure humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the states which are accepting Syrian refugees, because their capabilities are becoming exhausted,” he added.

The humanitarian situation in Syria is catastrophic and constantly worsening. About 6.8 million Syrians, half of whom are children, are in need of assistance. Aid workers lack any kind of access to 4.7 million people. A third of Syria’s population has been forced to leave their homes because of the conflict. More than 2 million people have fled to countries neighbouring Syria, and the number of casualties and refugees is increasing every day. Over 460,000 refugees have escaped to Turkey and over 175,000 to Iraq.

This year, Estonia provided humanitarian aid in the form of educational opportunities to refugees suffering from the Syrian crisis in Jordan and Lebanon through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), allocating 100,000 Euros in both cases. Estonia supported the alleviation of the situation of Syrian refugees with 68,709 Euros by sending a member of the Estonian Disaster Relief Team to the international humanitarian mission in Jordan and providing transitional shelters to refugee camps. Additionally, Estonia supported the creation of a learning environment for primary school-aged Syrian refugees in the Za’atr refugee camp in Jordan. The project is coordinated by the NGO Mondo and Estonia has contributed 89,076 Euros. Last year, Estonia assisted those suffering from the Syrian crisis with a total of 220,000 Euros.   


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