Syria Opinion UN’s $4bn aid effort in Syria is morally bankrupt It is perverse that agencies intent on helping the most vulnerable in the civil war can throw a lifeline to such a brutal Regime


UN’s $4bn aid effort in Syria is morally bankrupt

It is perverse that agencies intent on helping the most vulnerable in the civil war can throw a lifeline to such a brutal regime

The UN’s aid effort in Syria so far is estimated to have cost $4bn.
The UN’s aid effort in Syria so far is estimated to have cost $4bn. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Yet UN aid agencies, since stepping up operations in Syria in 2012, have handed lucrative procurement contracts to regime cronies who are known to have bankrolled the very repression and brutality that helped cause the crisis in the first place.

The revelation is as perverse as it is unsurprising, and points to the moral bankruptcy of the UN’s $4bn (£3bn) Syria aid effort to date. It is perverse that UN agencies, which are mandated to reach out to the most vulnerable in Syria’s vicious and protracted civil war, are throwing a lifeline to a regime that has no qualms about burning the entire country just to stay in power. :::

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