December 5, 2016 / 8:31 AM / 3 years ago

U.N. launches record $22.2 billion humanitarian appeal for 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations needs a record $22.2 billion to cover humanitarian relief projects next year, covering the needs of 93 million people in 33 countries, U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said on Monday.

“This is a reflection of a state of humanitarian need in the world not witnessed since the Second World War,” he told a news conference, adding that 80 percent of the needs stemmed from man-made conflicts, such as those in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay

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