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 6.5 million people have been internally displaced from their homes inside Syria and more than 2.4 million have fled to neighboring countries.
The United States is committed to helping the innocent children, women and men affected by this ongoing conflict. On January 15, 2014, President Obama announced an additional $380 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected. The United States remains the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance since the conflict began and has donated more than $1.7 billion to help those suffering inside Syria, as well as the refugees and host communities in neighboring countries.
The United States, through USAID and the Department of State, continues to work through all possible channels to deliver aid to those in need in Syria, including through the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local Syrian organizations.
For more information on U.S. Government assistance, click here for the USAID Crisis in Syria web page. The fact sheets below also provide detailed information about the latest assistance efforts, as well as the effects of the Syrian crisis on neighboring countries and how U.S. assistance is being applied to help host communities in those countries. Follow USAID on Twitter and on Facebook to keep track of the latest announcements and develoments.
Last updated: January 31, 2014