Syrians Are Still in Need

Peace talks are a promising step, but Syria needs international aid now.

Syrian displaced children wait outside their tents in the Syrian refugee camp, at Delhamiyeh village in the Bekaa valley, eastern Lebanon.

For these reasons and more, it is important that the international community support the still-underfunded U.N. emergency appeal for Syria and increase support for neighboring countries, ensuring that millions of Syrians get the help they need while states hosting refugees can continue to do so. For instance, Russia, Qatar and South Korea – countries that have committed less than 5 percent of gross national income to humanitarian aid in Syria – can do much more.

Since 2011, Syria has become the world's largest humanitarian crisis. This morning's news of peace talks in Geneva is long overdue, but it signals the greatest hope yet that the bloodshed is one step closer to an end.

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