RAQQA ON BRINK OF HUMANITARIAN DISASTER

Syrian camp for displaced people

Atme, Syria– Dec. 2, 2012– Children at Atme camp for Internally displaced Syrians on the Syrian side just over the border with Turkey on December 2, 2012. Atme has become the temporary home to more than 11,000 people who have fled the violence as war flared in Syria. PHOTO BY JODI HILTON

According to the source, at least 440,000 civilians will need humanitarian assistance after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the campaign to take Raqqa.

In the coming months the additional caseload of people that will require humanitarian assistance in Raqqa and surrounding governorates as a result of the SDF campaign is projected to reach 440,000, including 340,000 people newly displaced and 100,000 people estimated in Raqqa city currently.
Already in April, Raqqa Civilian Council called on the international community to provide more aid to the people of Raqqa.
The Raqqa Council accused international organizations of not doing enough to help the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) from Raqqa.
U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said that, for its planning purposes, the United Nations estimates there are approximately 160,000 people left in Raqqa city, but said this was not a formal estimate.

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