U.S. announces more than $364 million dollars in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria response
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 400,000 deaths as of April 2016—more than double the figure reported the previous year by the U.N. Nearly 13.5 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 6.1 million people inside Syria are displaced from their homes, and more than 4.8 million people have fled to the safety of Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. 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 27, 2016, the U.S. Government announced more than $364 million dollars in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria response, bringing the total U.S. Government assistance to nearly $6 billion since 2011. The new funding will support the emergency relief activities on the UN and other humanitarian organizations, including the provision of emergency food, medicine, safe drinking water, and other relief supplies to conflict affected people in Syria and neighboring countries.
Last updated: October 25, 2016