€7 Billion Pledged by International Donors for Earthquake Relief in Syria and Turkey


On Monday, the international community pledged €7 billion to help Syria, Turkey, and those affected by recent earthquakes recover. The challenge now is to ensure that the money and resources reach those who need it most. The United Nations representative, Achim Steiner, stressed the need to bring hope to the 600,000 households and 900 schools destroyed. The February 6 earthquakes were the worst natural disaster in the region’s recent history, with over 56,000 people dead. The European Commission has put a billion euros on the table and assured the money would reach those in need quickly. The EU-Turkey relationship has been strained, but the commissioner for European Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, believes the earthquake can help improve the relationship. In June, the EU will organize another conference to support Syria.

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