War drives record $22.5 bln aid appeal in 2018

by Reuters
Friday, 1 December 2017 08:45 GMT

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Needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan

GENEVA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The United Nations launched a record annual humanitarian appeal on Friday, asking donors for $22.5 billion to meet the needs of 90.1 million in 2018, mainly because of wars in Africa and Middle East.

Needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, and remain exceptionally high in Nigeria, South Sudan, the Syria region and Yemen, which will remain the world's worst humanitarian crisis, the U.N. appeal document said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)

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