• U.S. announces more than $364 million dollars in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria response

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About Syria

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 12 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, 6.2 million people inside Syria are displaced from their homes, and more than 5.7 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. At the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” the United States announced more than $397 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria as part of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for 2019-2020. This brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the Syria crisis to more than $9.5 billion since the start of the crisis and reflects the steadfast commitment of the United States to providing lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict both inside Syria and throughout the region. This new funding to UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, non-governmental organizations, and other agencies, the United States is providing urgently-needed food, shelter, sanitation and hygiene, medical care, education, and other relief. A portion of this funding also helps support the host communities in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt that are generously hosting Syrian refugees.

For more information, visit the USAID Crisis in Syria web page. Follow USAID on Twitter and on Facebook to keep track of the latest announcements and developments. 

Last updated: May 24, 2019

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