Today, President Barroso issued a video statement on the Syrian crisis, which is worsening by the day. The latest UNHCR figures now indicate almost 1.6 million refugees with Lebanon (nearly 507,00), Jordan (472,631) and Turkey (379,580) bearing the brunt of the never-ending human flow. While there are 4.25 million internally displaced.
This situation requires extraordinary measures. The European Commission has therefore committed to providing an additional, comprehensive package of assistance totalling €400 million for those in need in Syria and in neighbouring countries. This sum adds to the €800 million already provided by the European Union as a whole. "The situation in Syria is a stain on the world’s conscience. We all have a duty to act" says President Barroso in his address.
Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, welcomed the additional allocations for the most vulnerable suffering in this conflict and highlighted in a statement, "this is a crisis on a scale which we have not seen in many years, evolving rapidly before our eyes in a fragile region."
Watch President Barroso's video statement.