U.N. relief agencies seek $16 billion to meet 'unprecedented' needs

December 8, 2014 8:32 PM

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Armed conflicts driving millions to flee their homes have intensified over the last year and created an "unprecedented" refugee crisis that will require $16.4 billion to address next year, United Nations aid agencies warned Monday.

The humanitarian disaster in Syria continued to escalate this year, leaving the U.N. World Food Program with a $64-million shortfall that forced it to suspend a rationing program last week for 1.7 million of the displaced living in neighboring countries.

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