The Korea Herald


Korea to offer aid $12 mln to help Syria

By KH디지털2

Published : Feb. 5, 2016 - 09:53

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South Korea will provide $12 million won worth of aid to help resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Seoul officials said Friday.

The decision was made at an international donors' conference in London that Lee Suk-joon, a lead officer for government policy coordination at the prime minister's office, is to attend. He left for the meeting on Wednesday.

Seoul's pledge came as Syria has been affected by a civil war for the past five years, prompting a humanitarian crisis for millions of people displaced from their homes.

The South Korean government has donated a total of $23.45 million for Syria between 2012 and 2015, according to the office.

Participating countries at the donor conference plan to provide an accumulative $9 billion this year.

South Korea is the first country in the world that has transformed into an aid donor from a recipient nation. (Yonhap)