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Press Centre (6/2013)

UN receives more financial support from Germany


UNICEF and WFP are to receive a donation of 25 million from the Federal Republic of Germany to support their work in Turkey and other countries in the region hosting hundreds of thousands of persons displaced by the violence in Syria. Germany's Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel announced the donation during his visit to the Nizip camp in the southern Turkish province of Gaziantep on Sunday 16th June.
UN receives more financial support from Germany
From left to right: UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban, WFP Turkey Coordinator Jean-yves Lequime and Germany’s Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Dirk Niebel

During the visit to the camp, the Minister and his delegation were briefed about the humanitarian relief operation which the Turkish Government and other partners are conducting for the Syrians by the Coordinator Governor Veysel Dalmaz and officials from AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency). In his speech, the Governor said, “We really appreciate this support from Germany, but while we are fulfilling our humanitarian responsibilities to the highest standards we expect more solidarity from our friends and from the UN”.

For his part, the Minister expressed his admiration and appreciation for the quality of the services which the displaced Syrians are receiving in the camps in Turkey. He specifically praised the food card system run by WFP, AFAD and TRC and the special attention being paid to vulnerable groups, especially women and children. He stated that the latest donation raised Germany’s total support to displaced Syrians to €165 million, and reiterated his Government’s –commitment to offer more support in the future.

Praise to UNICEF

During their tour of the camp, both the Governor and the Minister praised the work which UNICEF is undertaking in support of the Syrian emergency response in Turkey and called for increased cooperation between UNICEF and the authorities in meeting the needs of children and young people. The Governor highlighted the issue of children without parents, and expressed the Government’s willingness to benefit from UNICEF’s expertise in this field. UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban reiterated that UNICEF stands ready to offer support and share its expertise for any activity aimed at ensuring that all Syrian children are protected - especially the most vulnerable, such as children who have lost parents or children with special needs. 

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