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Unicef launches record $2.8 billion appeal to help kids

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:51 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Unicef launched a record US$2.2 billion (S$2.8 billion) aid appeal on Friday to help tens of millions of children around the world, saying the lion's share was to deal with the Syria war.

"Children are always the most vulnerable group in emergencies, facing a high risk of violence, exploitation, disease and neglect," said Mr Ted Chaiban, head of emergency operations at the UN children's agency.

The appeal outstripped the call for US$1.4 billion made by Unicef at the beginning of 2013, and which was revised to US$1.7 billion in October.

Unicef said that 40 per cent of the money it was asking for would be destined to tackle the impact of Syria's civil war.

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