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The Duke of Cambridge praises aid workers tackling COVID-19 in war-torn countries

The Duke of Cambridge has praised aid workers tackling the Coronavirus pandemic in war-torn countries and hailed them as “incredible heroes.” Prince William heard how donations from the Disasters Emergency Committee’s and from the United Kingdom are being used to tackle the pandemic.

Prince William spoke with three Syrians who are trying to protect people from COVID-19 and said he felt “totally overwhelmed by the scale of the burden” they face.

The DEC’s appeal was launched in July and aims to support people in war-torn countries such as Yemen, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. An astonishing £38 million has been raised so far of which £10 million was matched by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office through the UK’s Aid Match.

Speaking to Fadi Hallisso, Kawther Mohamad Ali and Shahinaz Muamar, The Duke of Cambridge commented, “You are all incredible heroes. I’m totally overwhelmed by the scale of the burden you guys face – the scale and the challenge, but also the enormity of the dedication you have.”

Fadi Hallisso gave an account of the situation they are facing, “Deaths are rising, hospitals are also overwhelmed. This is the grim situation, but we try to do the best we can to raise the awareness about the pandemic, how to deal with it, try to support them as much as possible, and here we are.”

When large scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 14 of the UK’s leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.

The COVID-19 appeal remains open and donations can be made via the DEC’s website.

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