Reuters reported on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at 18:00 GMT, about a new development regarding the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as a humanitarian gesture, has publicly expressed his country’s intent to offer financial aid in the form of an additional $2.8 billion to help resolve the current refugee crisis facing the world. The amount would be provided over the next three years, starting 2016 until the end of 2019.
Prime Minister Abe made this crucial announcement while attending a United Nations (U.N.) summit on refugees organized as part of the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.
According to The Globe and Mail, the Syrian refugee crisis currently plaguing the world, garnered attention after the death of Alan Kurdi more than four years back, after which the crisis triggered and saw an outpouring of public support. In the words of the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, since the crisis began it has unsettled a countless number of people from Syria, according to The Huffington Post. Kim mentioned that currently there are half as many of refugees displaced four years ago or less than there are ones who were unsettled more than four years ago.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
REUTERS: Japan to provide $2.8 bln in refugee aid over three yrs from 2016 -Abe
The Globe and Mail: It’s time for action, and new answers, on the global refugee crisis
The Huffington Post: World Leaders Pledge To Improve Refugee Crisis Response In First-Ever U.N. Summit
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