To help meet the growing humanitarian need caused by violence in Syria, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced on Wednesday in Jordan that the United States is providing an additional $21 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP).
Of this new funding, $14.3 million will provide food assistance to conflict-affected people inside Syria and $6.7 million to support Syrians displaced to neighboring countries.
With this new assistance, the United States is providing a total of more than $100 million for humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighboring countries:
The U.S. Government continues to work with international partners to mitigate the effects of the conflict on innocent civilians and provide humanitarian assistance to more than 780,000 people inside Syria. In addition, it is supporting international partners in assisting the host nations receiving the approximately 240,000 who have fled the country.
As of the end of August, the U.N.'s six-month Syria Humanitarian Response Plan had received just over half of the requested $180 million. Donors have also provided 54 percent of the $193 million U.N. Regional Response Plan for activities targeting displaced Syrians in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq. In a statement, the US State Department commended those donors who have contributed to the UN appeals, and urged other nations to support the international humanitarian response.
While the U.S. Government is engaged in planning for the day after the Asad regime falls, it is clear that at this juncture the international community must continue planning for long-term assistance for the region, it added.
Over 100,000 refugees have flooded into neighboring countries in the month of August, stretching host country capacity.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has stated that as many as 2.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than double the number that was assessed in March 2012, and over 1.2 million people have been internally displaced.
by RTT Staff Writer
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