U.S. announces nearly $508 million in additional humanitarian assistance
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
According to the U.N., the conflict in Syria had resulted in more than 191,000 deaths as of April 2014—more than double the figure last reported by the U.N. in July 2013. Nearly 11 million people are in need of aid inside Syria and face threats, displacement, hunger, injury and death due to the appalling tactics of the Asad regime and extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Nearly 6.5 million people inside Syria are displaced from their homes, and more than three million people have fled to the safety of Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. More than half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee their homes, and one in every eight Syrians has fled across the border – one million people more than a year ago. Over half of those uprooted are children.
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. On September 12, 2014, Secretary Kerry announced that the U.S. Government would donate an additional $500 million to help those affected by the conflict. With this funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis will reach more than $2.9 billion; with $1.4 billion helping people inside Syria, and more than $1.4 billion helping refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries affected by the crisis.
Last updated: August 19, 2015