U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syrian Refugees and Host Nations

Amman- Secretary of State John Kerry announced on July 31 in Washington D.C. that the United States is providing $84 million in additional U.S. aid for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan, part of $378 million in new funding for those affected throughout the region by the war in Syria. With this funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since Fiscal Year 2012 will reach more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

The United States remains the single-largest donor of humanitarian aid for those affected by this crisis. For the refugees from Syria in the region, and the host communities straining to support them, this additional assistance provides food, shelter, medical supplies, and other life-saving assistance. The United States remains grateful to the Kingdom of Jordan and the Jordanian people for their hospitality and support of those fleeing the violence in Syria.

We commend the Government of Jordan’s efforts to provide protection and assistance to those who have fled from Syria. Through assistance for education, health, water, and budget support, the United States is helping to alleviate the burden on Jordanian host communities.

As part of this new contribution, U.N. agencies in Jordan will receive $57 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development/Food For Peace, and $27 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

Throughout the region, U.S. funding has helped contain the spread of polio with a vaccination campaign that has reached 25 million children; provided tens of thousands of children schooling and educational materials; and supported specialized care for nearly 20,000 women who are recovering from the effects of sexual and gender-based violence.

“The world must act quickly and decisively to get life-saving assistance to the innocent civilians who are bearing the brunt of this barbaric war,” Secretary Kerry said. “As we continue our humanitarian efforts, we remain committed to finding a political solution to this crisis. We must bring the violence and bloodshed to an end, and work toward a future of dignity and freedom that all Syrians deserve.”

For more detailed information on the U.S. government’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, please visit: www.usaid.gov/crisis/syria.

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Syria Crisis, By Country

Country New Funding Total – Since FY 2012
Jordan $84 million $388 million
Inside Syria $160 million $1.2 billion
Lebanon $93 million $485 million
Turkey $20 million $162 million
Iraq $8 million $113 million
Egypt $13 million $45 million