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U.N. scrambles for nearly $13 billion emergency aid

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The U.N.’s top humanitarian official says an unprecedented $12.9 billion in emergency aid will be needed to help 73 million people globally this year- a third of it just for Syria.

Valerie Amos says the “the exploding crisis in Syria” will require at least $4.4 billion to help 6.8 million people suffering inside the war-torn country and 5.3 million who are refugees or affected by the conflict in border nations.

Amos told reporters Wednesday in Geneva that more than $5 billion has been raised for aid by mid-year, but she has no idea how to persuade donors to pledge the other nearly $8 billion that's needed.

Amos acknowledged that many donor nations face challenges due to the poor economic climate, but emphasized that “extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures.”