Cash Pledged for Syria at Kuwait Summit 'disappointing': Aid Groups

Aid groups tackling the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria said they were disappointed that only $3.8 billion of a requested $8.4 billion had been pledged at a U.N. summit in Kuwait.
Nearly 80 governments and dozens of aid agencies attended Tuesday's meeting, at which the United States promised $507 million, Kuwait $500 million, the United Arab Emirates $100 million and Saudi Arabia $60 million.
Some 200,000 people have died and nearly half the Syrian population has been displaced by the turmoil that began with anti-government protests in 2011 and escalated into full-scale civil war.
The United Nations was appealing for cash to help 18 million people, both Syrians inside and outside Syria and people in neighboring countries struggling to support Syrian refugees.



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