Syria: 90% living below poverty line – Security Council Briefing | United Nations

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Media  – Briefing by Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the humanitarian situation in the Country, during the Security Council, 8888th meeting.

The United Nations humanitarian affairs chief, Martin Griffiths, today (27 Oct) said, that as Syrians prepare for winter, “we need an urgent injection of lifesaving aid” as well as “more aid to early recovery and livelihoods.”

Griffiths told the Security Council that “Syrians want to be able to support themselves, with dignity. And we need to expand access to basic social services.”

He said, “Syrians – like all of us – want to send their children to school, to have electricity and water, and a reliable health clinic. That is the least that we can help them to achieve. And, of course, perhaps more importantly, Syrians need peace.”

Griffiths noted that over 90 percent of the Syrian population now lives below the poverty line and informed the Council that the UN has developed a plan for a series of regular crossline operations to deliver assistance over the next six months.

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