• Humanitarian Response To The Syria Crisis

    24 July 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria. 

    The Government is working hard to alleviate the suffering in Syria and is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to this crisis, committing over £2.8 billion since 2012 – our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis.  This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and refugees in the region. 

    UK aid is making a real difference, providing life-saving and life-changing humanitarian support to the people of Syria, and those who have fled to neighbouring countries. Since 2012, across Syria and the region, UK aid has delivered over 27 million food rations that feed a person for a month, over 14 million medical consultations, and over 10 million vaccines. In 2017/18 alone, UK aid provided over 4 million people with clean water and over 1.2 million children with access to quality education. 

    The humanitarian needs of the Syrian people are as grave now as they have ever been. UK aid is helping to alleviate the extreme suffering, as well as providing vital support to millions of Syrian refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries.

    Ministers continue to stress the need for regular, unfettered humanitarian access for the agencies working inside Syria, so that vital aid can reach those who need it, without delay. Britain will continue to be at the forefront of the global humanitarian response, but ultimately, while an extensive humanitarian response can help alleviate the suffering in the region, the only way to establish lasting peace in Syria is through a credible political transition away from the Assad regime. 

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon

    Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons