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04/09/13 15:29

Contribution to Syria appeal doubles

New donation of £100,000 announced.

The Scottish Government will double its contribution to the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland’s Syria Crisis Appeal with an additional £100,000.

The contribution was announced by Education Secretary Michael Russell during the Scottish Parliament’s Programme for Government debate, and is in addition to an initial £100,000 contribution announced by the First Minister earlier this year.

Mr Russell said:

“In recent weeks the world has seen harrowing images of men, women and children in Syria injured and dying as a result of an illegal, unprecedented and abhorrent chemical weapons attack. An attack that must result in the trial of those responsible before the International Criminal Court.

“The UN has warned that 10 million Syrians, half the population, will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year, and yesterday it highlighted that more than two million people have become refugees to flee the fighting.

“That is why the Scottish Government is announcing today a new donation of £100,000, to help those struggling to survive in a country ravaged by civil war. This comes on top of the £100,000 we provided to the Disasters Emergency Committee earlier this year.

“The new funding will again be allocated to DEC members to support vital humanitarian relief through the provision of food, clean water, emergency shelter and medical care within Syria and to the displaced Syrian population.”

Judith Robertson, Chair of the DEC in Scotland, said: “We hugely appreciate this donation from the Scottish Government, which takes their total donation up to £200,000.

“With ordinary people in Syria feeling more vulnerable than ever, the humanitarian need continues to grow and the need for money to support the response is urgent.

“Generous Scots have already donated more than a million pounds to the appeal.

“We are delighted the Scottish Government recognises the scale of the crisis and has now decided to commit extra resource to support the humanitarian response.

“Every donation makes a real difference and will help the DEC agencies continue to provide life-saving aid to families affected by the conflict."