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Federal Minister Müller will make 155 million euros available to help with the Syrian refugee crisis


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Minister Müller on a tour of the Shatila refugee camp that has been home to Palestinian refugees since 1949

Electricity supply in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon

Children in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in the Lebanese capital Beirut

A girl fetching water in a camp for Syrian refugees in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley

White board with lesson for Syrian children in a refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley

Minister Müller speaking to the press during his visit of a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in the Lebanon

Syrian families in front of their tents in a refugee camp in the Lebanon

Development Minister Müller with a Syrian family in their tent in a refugee camp in the Lebanon

A Syrian boy looking out of the tent where he is staying with his family. It is part of a tented city in the Lebanon, run by UNICEF and Lebanese NGOs and co-financed by Germany.

The Turkish town of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. Here, Minister Müller visited the refugee camp Öncüpinar to inform himself about the situation in the border region.

The Öncüpinar refugee camp at the Turkish-Syrian border

Minister Müller with Syrian refugees and the management of the Öncüpinar refugee camp in Turkey

Children in school in the Öncüpinar refugee camp at the Turkish-Syrian border

Syrian women working at a loom in the Öncüpinar refugee camp near the Turkish town of Gaziantep

Food store in the refugee camp

Women sewing in the refugee camp

31.03.2015 |

Berlin – The German Development Ministry will make a commitment for 155 million euros in total at the donor conference for Syria in Kuwait. This money will be used to support the countries neighbouring Syria that, together, are currently sheltering about four million refugees. The German support will go to Lebanon and Jordan, in particular, but also to communities along the border between Syria and Turkey. Minister Müller returned just 10 days ago from a visit to the area, where he was able to see for himself how the communities are coping. The Minister visited Beirut, the Beqaa Valley and Gaziantep.

Federal Minister Müller: "I was deeply moved by the meetings and conversations I had with Syrian refugees and with people living in the host communities in Lebanon and Turkey. It is extraordinary what these people are managing to do day after day. The countries concerned are reaching their limits. The need for help in the region remains high, with the latest figure being quoted as more than 8 billion US dollars. We must not leave the host countries to cope with the crisis alone. We must help support the people in need throughout the region."

Thanks to German support, 80,000 children in Lebanon alone are able to go to school. In Jordan the funds Germany is giving are being used in various ways, including to help secure water supplies in many host communities. Along the border between Turkey and Syria, community centres are being set up for use by Turkish and Syrian citizens.

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Development Minister Müller had already announced an additional commitment of 500 million euros to help support Syrian refugees between 2014 and 2017 at the refugee conference in Berlin in October 2014, which was jointly organised by the Federal Foreign Office and the BMZ. Now, a bare six months later, almost half of this commitment has been realised.

The third donor conference is being hosted by Kuwait and chaired by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Some 80 countries, four regional organisations and about 20 non-governmental organisations were invited to participate in the conference.

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Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited Lebanon and the region along the border between Turkey and Syria, where he was able to see for himself how the communities are coping. The Minister visited Beirut, the Beqaa Valley and Gaziantep.

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