The Foreign Minister stressed that Germany would continue to help the millions of people in Syria and its neighbouring countries who are dependent on aid for their survival.
“We must do our utmost to get a negotiation process under way so that the people in Syria can have hope for peace”.
A dramatic humanitarian situation
Germany is one of the biggest contributors of aid worldwide to help ease the suffering of people in Syria and neighbouring countries.
According to the UN, a total of 13.1 million people in Syria are dependent on humanitarian aid in 2018. There are also some 5.5 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Around 6.1 million Syrians are internally displaced persons in their own country and 2.33 million are currently in territories where humanitarian access is difficult. Their situation is serious.
While it was possible to get supplies to an average of 21 percent of the population in besieged areas each month in 2016, this figure was only 9 percent in 2017.
The overall number of authorised aid convoys fell from 131 in 2016 to 53 in 2017.
Some 80 percent of the Syrian population (including just under seven million children) live below the poverty line and 9.4 million people are dependent on food aid.
According to UN estimates, the fighting has not only claimed over 400,000 lives to date, but has also injured 1.2 million people. What is more, medical care in Syria is very limited.