USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah talks with children in Oncupinar refugee camp on the Syrian border on November 27 during a visit to Turkey to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and assistance for those affected. (Adem Altan/AFP)
Syrian refugees collect water at the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Photo: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi
A Syrian refugee walks with a water container in Kilis, Turkey at the border with Syria. Photo: AFP/Adem Altan
Syrian Red Crescent staff fill boxes of food at a distribution center for internally displaced people. Photo: AFP/STR
Syria has been embroiled in conflict since March 2011 when the Syrian government first began to crack down on non-violent demonstrations in the streets of Damascus. Since then, more than 4.25 million people have been internally displaced from their homes in Syria and almost 1.7 million have fled to neighboring countries. USAID has been working closely with partners to provide humanitarian relief to the 6.8 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance.
On June 17, President Obama announced an additional $300 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to help feed, shelter, and provide medical care for children, women, and men affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria. The United States remains the single-largest contributor of humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people, and this new contribution brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Syria to nearly $815 million.
For more information on U.S. Government assistance, click here for the USAID Crisis in Syria page.
Last updated: December 10, 2013