The country has taken another step toward leading the world in providing relief to Syria.
By Joanna Prisco, for Global Citizen
After seven years of strife and an estimated 400,000 deaths, Syria’s Civil War shows no signs of resolution. But renewed aid efforts from Europe may help those struggling to survive there.
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said France would contribute 50 million euros ($61.9 million) toward humanitarian aid for Syria, reported Reuters.
“This evening I brought together NGOs working on the ground in Syria. Faced with the humanitarian situation, France is setting up an emergency programme of 50 million euros,” Macron stated on his verified Twitter account.
Following a chemical attack in Douma last week, France had already deployed a humanitarian medical shipment via Turkish authorities, according to France Diplomatie, and participated in US-led airstrikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities, as reported by the New York Times.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stated earlier this year that “from a humanitarian standpoint, the US has been a massive donor to this situation.”
But last month President Donald Trump suspended $200M funds allocated for recovery efforts, as reported by Politico.
The humanitarian situation in Syria is so dire that officials have lost track of how many people have died, according to the New York Times.
The new injection of French funding will be designated toward organizations already operating in Syria, such as the U.N. office for humanitarian affairs.
Macron’s meeting at Elysee presidential palace gathered together two dozen NGOs, including Action Aid, Handicap International, the Red Cross, and Care.