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Numbers At A Glance
People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria
Syrians Displaced to Neighboring Countries
The United States is committed to helping the innocent children, women, and men affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Four million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, over 2 million people are internally displaced, and nearly one million people have fled to the neighboring countries.
The United States is providing food aid, medical supplies, emergency and basic health care, shelter materials, clean water, hygiene education and supplies, and other relief supplies—including blankets and heaters—to help those affected by the crisis in Syria.
In Geneva, Switzerland, at the Syria Humanitarian Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg announced that the United States is providing an additional $19 million in humanitarian assistance in response to urgent needs emanating from the brutal conflict in Syria. On January 29, President Obama announced an additional $155 million to help those suffering inside Syria and refugees in the neighboring countries. Today’s announcement brings the United States total contribution of humanitarian support in response to this crisis to nearly $385 million.
HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO SYRIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE IN FY2012 AND FY2013*
Total U.S. Government (USG) Assistance to the Syria Humanitarian Response
*These figures are current as of May 23, 2013
Current Syria Fact Sheet
On May 14, the USG announced an additional $5 million in humanitarian aid for host communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The assistance—targeted to shelter rehabilitation, communal shelter construction, and water and sanitation upgrades for tented settlements—builds on the existing $83 million of USG humanitarian aid to Lebanon for the Syria crisis and increases the total amount of USG humanitarian assistance throughout the region for the Syria response to nearly $514 million. In addition to the new humanitarian funding, the May 14 announcement also included $5 million in transition assistance for conflict mitigation and economic empowerment activities in Lebanon.
The number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration in neighboring countries surpassed 1.5 million people in mid-May, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency has registered approximately 250,000 refugees each month since January 1 amid swiftly deteriorating conditions. Refugees interviewed by UNHCR attribute the rapid rise in people fleeing Syria partly to increased fighting and frequently shifting control of towns. Of the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, three-quarters are living among host populations in urban and rural communities.
The second Joint Rapid Assessment in Northern Syria (J-RANS II)—a collaborative effort among a range of humanitarian actors, supported by the USG and other major donors, and facilitated by the Syrian Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU)—was released on May 22. The survey covered 104 of the 150 sub-districts in the northern governorates of Hamah, Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, Ar Raqqah, Al Hasakah and Dayr az Zawr. J-RANS II noted significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation since January, with health needs, in particular, growing more acute. The survey found that humanitarian assistance has increased but remains insufficient to meet the exponentially growing needs.
Previous Syria Fact Sheets
Fiscal Year 2013
05/23/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #16 [PDF 301KB]
05/09/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #15 [PDF 320KB]
04/26/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #14 [PDF 303KB]
04/12/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #13 [PDF 306KB]
03/28/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12 [PDF 291KB]
03/14/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11 [PDF 352KB]
02/28/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #10 [PDF 291KB]
02/19/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9 [PDF 461KB]
01/30/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #8 [PDF 344KB]
01/17/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #7 [PDF 298KB]
01/03/2013: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6 [PDF 402KB]
12/12/2012: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5 [PDF 382KB]
11/21/2012: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #4 [PDF 295KB]
11/09/2012: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3 [PDF 175KB]
10/25/2012: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 [PDF 288KB]
10/12/2012: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1 [PDF 285KB]
Fiscal Year 2012
09/28/12: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #4 [PDF 169KB]
09/05/12: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3 [PDF 270KB]
08/24/12: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 [PDF 261KB]
08/11/12: Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1 [PDF 265KB]
Last updated: May 24, 2013
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