February 5, 2013

The hidden trail of Syrian aid

Are international funds reaching those who need it most?

Displaced Syrians, children and adults, wait for the daily distribution of food provided by a Turkish NGO at the Syrian Internal Displaced Camp on the border between Syria and Turkey, 09 December 2012. EPA/MAYSUN

Tuesday, February 5 at 19:30 GMT:

With UN reports that 60,000 Syrians have been killed and more than four million in need of humanitarian assistance, donor countries continue to pledge large sums of money. At a recent conference in Kuwait more than $1.5 billion was promised; however, with funds allocated to Syria's government, where will the money really go? And are these international donors partly to blame for the conflict?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Majid Rafizadeh, @majidrafizadeh
Middle East scholar and activist

Lara Setrakian @lara
Founder, Syria Deeply

Razan Shalab Al Sham
Activist from Homs

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