The Danish government has set aside a further 90 million kroner in aid to help the victims of the ongoing crisis in war-torn Syria.
The aid will be channelled via aid organisations working inside Syria – in Aleppo and other flashpoint regions – as well as areas in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, where some 5 million Syrian refugees have sought refuge.
“We can’t just sit on our hands and do nothing while children die of hunger in Syria,” said Jensen.
“Danish aid organisations perform important work inside Syria, and also in the many inaccessible and conflict-heavy areas. As soon as it is possible, we will also help the population in east Aleppo and other cities under siege. There is a massive need for food, medicine and other humanitarian aid.”
A portion of the aid will also go to the millions of refugees who have fled Syria to neighbouring countries. Funds are earmarked for Danish aid projects in the Kurdish part of Iraq, the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, and Kilis, Urfa and Atakya in Turkey.
Over the past few weeks, the UN and the international community have pleaded with Syria’s regime to cease fighting to allow aid to get to the devastated areas in the country.