The United Nations launched a record annual humanitarian appeal on Friday, asking donors for $22.5 billion to meet the needs of 90.1 million in 2018, mainly because of wars in Africa and Middle East.
Needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, and remain exceptionally high in Nigeria, South Sudan, the Syria region and Yemen, which will remain the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the U.N. appeal document said.
The United Nations is appealing to donors for a record-breaking $22.5 billion in humanitarian aid for 2018 to help over 90 million people, many of whom have been displaced by wars in Africa and the Middle East. Ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen are responsible for a significant portion of the request, where millions of people need food, health care, shelter and other basic support.
Some 136 million people across the world need humanitarian aid and protection due to protracted conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and displacement, shows an annual report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
A full $7.66 billion is needed to address the staggering needs created by Syria’s brutal conflict alone — more than a third of the requested amount of funds next year.
According to the appeal, $3.5 billion is needed to provide humanitarian assistance inside the war-ravaged country, where more than 340,000 people have been killed and millions driven from their homes since March 2011.