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Syria: Minority Groups

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL6642, tabled on 4 April 2017

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.

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