1. Since the start of the Syrian war in 2011, more than three million people have left Syria and close to eight million are internally displaced, causing one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War II. While countries like the United States, the European Union and Kuwait have been top donors of refugee aid, a 58 per cent funding gap still remains for 2014.
  2. Getting Aid Across Syria
  3. Despite the shortfall in aid this year, the United Nations is calling for an additional eight billion in aid for 2015. However, many are questioning where the funding will come from after the world's dismal response to the crisis so far. Countries like France and China, two of the world's greatest economies, have donated less to World Food Programme (WFP) than Ethiopia, a move that some say has set a precedent.
  4. Many attribute the failure to deliver humanitarian relief to "aid fatigue". Simultaneous humanitarian emergencies like the civil war in the Central African Republic and the Ebola crisis, put a strain on UN agency resources. Others argue focus has shifted from the atrocities of the Syrian war to the rise of ISIL in Iraq.
  5. Below a diagram illustrates the 2014 online popularity of ISIL/ISIS in comparison to Syria and Assad.
  6. According to the World Food Program (WFP), $64 million was needed to feed Syrian refugees for December alone. The United Nations' agency was forced to suspend their food aid program at the start of the month due to lack of financial support, but were able to resume after creating a social media campaign to raise donations:
  7. (I Need) 1 Dollar For Syrian Refugees
  8. Resettlement has also become a contentious issue. Neighboring Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan have become overextended in efforts to accommodate fleeing Syrians. Lebanon has taken in the largest number of people, approximately 1.14 million, making one in every five people a Syrian refugee. Recent reports of Jordan's deportations of medical workers and wounded refugees have left many concerned.
  9. The Stream community shared their perspective on the crisis:
  10. While others feel governments are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances:
  11. Some believe governments are not doing enough to help displaced refugees:
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