A Syrian refugee boy stands behind a fence near his family makeshift home tent, as the rainbow shines in background, at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, March 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
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As Syria's bloody civil war enters its fourth year, funding for the region's 2.5 million refugees is drying up, forcing the U.N. and NGOs to make cuts to crucial support programs.In 2013, the United Nations refugee body (UNHCR) – which coordinates the regional Syria response for over 100 NGOs – received 68 percent of $1.5 billion pledged by donor countries, including the United States and the U.K. To meet the growing numbers of displaced in 2014, a UNHCR-led appeal asked donors for $4.2 billion.For the Danish Refugee Council, the largest implementing partner for UNHCR in Lebanon, the funding shortfall has forced them to assess what programs can be adapted to reach more people with limited resources.Despite the cutbacks NGOs have been forced to make, Steven Zyck, a research fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London said that while financial aid may decline, the importance of the region both politically and economically would ensure that some level of funding continued.
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