Federal Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir on Tuesday announced an amount of € 8 million in humanitarian aid from Belgium to Syrians, during a visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in the north. from Jordan.
This camp run by the UN and NGOs, a few kilometers from the border with Syria, has hosted since 2012 no less than 80,000 people who fled the civil war that has raged in Syria since 2011. Half are children. Although the number of refugees has not increased sharply in recent years, the camp’s population is growing, with an average of 80 babies being born per week. The tents were gradually replaced by containers while running water, electricity, school, community centers and shops developed there. The needs remain glaring, however: the UN World Food Program (WFP) has seen its funding reduced and the small cabins, which are ten years old, have had their day. In addition, the covid pandemic has severely penalized children, deprived of school for a long time. But the situation in the camps should not obscure the one in Syria either, said Kitir. “The Syrian crisis remains one of the most serious humanitarian crises of the moment. Half of Syrian children have known nothing but war. Thirteen million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian aid, where famine is still advancing in some parts of the country, “added the minister. Part of the 8 million euros will go to WFP, another to NGOs, with mechanisms to control the destination of the money. “International humanitarian aid will remain necessary as long as there is no political solution” to the Syrian civil war, warned Meryame Kitir. The Belgian contribution will target in particular the north-east of Syria, where humanitarian aid has struggled to be delivered in recent years, and where the needs are therefore the greatest. (Belga)