The foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, has announced that Denmark will set aside 80 million kroner in aid to help Danish aid organisations operating in Syria and neighbouring countries.
The aid has been earmarked for the Danish health and aid support network in Syria, where some 7 million people have been driven from their homes by the ongoing conflict. Neighbouring nations, such as Jordan and Lebanon, currently house some 4 million Syria refugees.
“The need to give support to the Syrian refugees in Syria and in nearby nations has never been greater,” said Jensen. “The conflict is entering its fifth winter and over 13 million Syrians need aid.”
Up to 459 million
The seven Danish aid organisations who the funds will be dispersed to are ADRA (5 million kroner), Caritas (6 million), Dansk Flygtningehjælp (18 million), Dansk Røde Kors (18.5 million), Folkekirkens Nødhjælp (8.5 million), Red Barnet (18 million) and Mission Øst (6 million).
In total, Denmark has given 459 million kroner in aid to help the victims of the conflict in Syria so far this year – a considerable increase compared to the previous year.
Denmark gave 329 million kroner in 2014 and 387 million kroner in 2013.