The refugee dilemma: UAE paper

The United Nations aid agencies serving the uprooted Syrian refugees are broke.

They say insufficient funds and wayward approach of the international community is acting as an impediment in catering to the needs and necessities of the people in Diaspora.

The Unicef and UNHCR say that they won't be able to extend their services, as mounting number of refugees and paucity of aid is creating an ultimate deadlock.

"Their main concern is with provision of life-saving aid to Syrian refugees, and that include a good number of women and children. According to rough estimates, there are more than a million displaced people in Jordan and other neighbouring countries, and the numbers are swelling," said English language local daily, Khaleej Times, in its editorial on Sunday.

It added that the numbers of Syrians in Jordan account for around one-fifth of the country's population and it is becoming a daunting task for the aid agencies to look after their civic necessities.

In order to cope with the situation, the paper continued, "all that the Unicef needs is $57 million for the ongoing fiscal year's expenses, and the receipts account for a mere $12 million." It added that this is so despite the fact that the world community had been approached several times, and the aid agency had categorically spelled out its limitations.

The paper underlined that the Syrian influx, which has overwhelmed the UN, "is considered to be the worst that the world body had ever handled. With more than 70,000 casualties and two million people displaced, the fear is that history's biggest catastrophe is in the making." It added that the cries of the aid agencies should not fall on deaf ears, and it is high time the crisis is managed in an astute manner. At the same time, the world body should re-launch its initiatives and try to find out a way out of the mess. It has been observed that Syria has been lacking a proactive initiative from the West and the United States, and the whole burden of brokering a thaw has been left on the largesse of the special envoy.

"It's time aid and mediation efforts are doubled, and a nation is saved from extinction," the paper concluded.