Denmark provides cash for Syrian refugees in Jordan
Jordan needs $700 million in international aid to cope with an influx of 240,000 refugees from the conflict across the border in Syria, its planning and international cooperation minister said yesterday.
"The cost for Jordan to continue to welcome our Syrian brothers ... is almost $700 million, to take in over 240,000 residents and refugees at Zaatari camp and outside," Jaafar Hassan told a joint news conference with the UN refugee agency. He said the Jordanian government would not be able to provide aid to the refugees without international assistance.
There are currently 177,000 Syrians in Jordan, with around 26,000 in the Zaatari refugee camp, north of Amman, that the UN opened five weeks ago, according to the minister.
Denmark will free up another two million euros to help provide aid to Syrian refugees and displaced people as a civil war rages in their homeland, Danish public television DR reported yesterday. Out of the 15 million kroner (two million euros), 13 million will go to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and two million to the Danish crisis agency, which sends personnel and equipment to Syrian refugees in Jordan.
"It is a very hard and frightening conflict," Christian Friis Bach, the country's development cooperation minister said on television. "The money will go toward the construction of a camp, sanitation and tents, food and administration, which are the most pressing needs."
The extra two million euros worth of aid takes Denmark's total contribution to the humanitarian effort in Syria to 10 million euros.
Posted by: Steve White