UK aid cuts leave 55,000 women in Syria without support, charity says

International Rescue Committee says it will have to end major recovery programmes, reports Charlene Rodrigues

Friday 04 June 2021 20:06
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<p>The UK has cut its foreign aid spending by an estimated £4bn and Syria is one of the worst affected countries by this policy </p>

The UK has cut its foreign aid spending by an estimated £4bn and Syria is one of the worst affected countries by this policy

British funding for the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) aid programmes to protect women and girls in Syria has been reduced by 75 per cent from last year, leaving 55,000 women and girls fleeing domestic abuse without access to shelters.

The group says it has been forced to end resilience and self-sufficiency economic recovery programmes for Syrians in the north of the country, where more than half of its recipients were women.

Cash assistance, employment training for displaced Syrians, as well as special needs programmes have taken a hit at a time Syrians are enduring the worst economic crisis.

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