NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- The United Nations and its partners were seeking to raise $5.2 billion in 2013 for Syrian war refugees but so far only $1.24 billion has materialized.
"But I think what we as principals would like to make clear today is that these are massive figures but those figures mask a human tragedy," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a release. "Ordinary, men, women and children are bearing the brunt of this crisis. More than 80,000 people have been killed and these are figures which are rising everyday. Schools, hospitals, water, sanitation plants have all been targeted.