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UK aid budget cuts will add to Syrian misery

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After almost ten years of a brutal civil war, economic catastrophe, rising poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic and now the fatal winter months – misery is compounded again and again in Syria, and the UK's decision to cut its aid budget will only add to the suffering of Syrians.

According to The Guardian, Syria is experiencing a 56 per cent drop in British aid this year – a year which has seen thousands killed and over a million displaced by the brutal fighting in Idlib. The entirety of Syria has been plunged into an unprecedented economic crash, and now COVID-19 is ravaging the nation, whose healthcare system has been decimated by the conflict. Today, the people of northern Syria need more help, not less.

An added tragedy is the popularity of this aid cut amongst the British public. Sixty-six per cent of the UK supports the cut, and only 18 per cent opposes it. But this is not an indication that the UK aid budget has been a failure or that it has been poorly executed. Far from it. It is an indication that no government has ever hailed the incredible successes of the UK aid budget, for fear of upsetting right-wing tabloids like the Daily Mail, who have been out for blood since the Department for International Development (DFID) was founded in 1997.........

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