The Disasters Emergency Committee Syria Crisis Appeal has received £3.4 million in donations from the UK public in the first 48 hours.
It was launched by the consortium for 14 international aid charities to help the five million people affected by fighting in Syria, three million of whom have been forced from their homes. The funds will be used in Syria and neighbouring countries, to which over one million refugees have fled.
The first appeals were broadcast on BBC and ITV on Thursday 21 March by actor Rufus Sewell as well as actor, writer, comedian and broadcaster Michael Palin, journalist John McCarthy and actress Juliet Stephenson.
DEC Chief Executive, Saleh Saeed, said: “The public is responding with huge generosity to this catastrophic humanitarian crisis. The fighting inside Syria has torn lives apart, forcing people to leave their homes to flee to neighbouring countries".
“This vital fundraising must continue to help save lives and reduce the suffering of Syrian people.”
The total has of course since risen:
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