Syria: Minority Groups:Written question - HL6642

Asked on: 04 April 2017
Department for International Development
Syria: Minority Groups
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have provided to religious minorities in areas of Syria (1) controlled by the Free Syrian Army, and (2) under Kurdish control.
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Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 19 April 2017

The UK has pledged £2.46 billion since the crisis began, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. Inside Syria, UK aid has provided 19.7 million food rations that feed one person for a month, over 8.5 million relief packages and over 6.7 million health consultations. UK aid is distributed on the basis of need, to ensure civilians are not discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, or ethnicity. We prioritise reaching the most vulnerable – which often includes minority communities – regardless of their location. To avoid the risk of discrimination, information on the religion of those receiving UK aid is not sought or recorded

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