Donors at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria offered over $3.3 billion to alleviate the suffering of people caught up in the ongoing Syrian crisis.
It was not nearly enough.
The aid pledges, including about $508 million from the United States and $500 million from Kuwait, will help millions, but fell short of the $8.4 billion requested by United Nations appeals.
“The greatest humanitarian crisis in a generation demands the response of a generation,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said at the March 31 donor conference in Kuwait.
The scope of crisis in Syria — with nearly 4 million refugees outside its borders and 12.2 million inside the country needing aid — requires the world’s attention and support for humanitarian efforts.
“It’s a call to action we cannot ignore,” said Anne C. Richard, U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration.
You too can help alleviate suffering in and around Syria through groups such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the nongovernmental organizations listed here and here.