Disasters Emergency Committee Syria appeal raised £25m in first year

Member agencies have received £14m and the DEC itself has been given £12m, the money being used to help 300,000 people

Syrian refugees in Lebanon (Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund)
Syrian refugees in Lebanon (Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund)

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal to raise money for people affected by the conflict in Syria has raised £25m in the first year.

The DEC, a coalition of 14 aid agencies that runs fundraising appeals for major humanitarian disasters, launched its Syria appeal on 21 March, two years after the conflict in the country began.

A statement from the DEC today said that member agencies had received donations totalling £13m and the DEC itself had been given £12m.

The funds had been used to help more than 300,000 people, the DEC said.

The largest appeal run by the DEC was for those affected by the Asian tsunami in 2004, which raised £392m. That is more than three and half times bigger than the second-largest appeal, which was for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and raised £107m.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said the public could be proud of its support for the Syria appeal.

He said that to help as many as possible of those who had been affected by the conflict, some agencies had formed new partnerships and monitored the deliver of aid remotely.

"Providing aid in a war zone always involves some risks, but it can mean the difference between life and death," he said. "We know our member agencies have the necessary expertise to take the best possible decisions under these very challenging circumstances."

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