3rd Int’l Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria kicks off in Kuwait
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah (R) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) attend the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Bayan Palace - REUTERS

CAIRO:  The 3rd United Nations International Humanitarian Pledging Conference, which aims to raise billions of dollars for Syria, kicked off in Kuwait Tuesday as the conflict in the war-torn country enters its fifth year with no political solution in sight.

The one-day conference will be opened by Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah and will be attended by delegates from 78 countries, Youm7 reported.

“The conference aims to mobilize the necessary resources so the most basic needs can be addressed inside Syria, as well as in neighboring countries,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who will head the conference.

“The devastation from the fighting in Syria had left around 7.6 million people internally displaced with other 3.8 million people have sought refuge in neighboring countries,” according to a report issued Thursday by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA.)

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in March 2011, more than 215,000 people have been killed and 850,000 people have also been wounded, according to OCHA.

Egypt currently houses more than 133,000 registered Syrian refugees, according to OCHA data.

In December 2014, the World Food Program was forced to temporarily suspend food voucher programs for Syrian refugees after a funding crisis; a last-minute fundraising campaign was mounted to gather the necessary funds.

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