U.S. increases support for displaced Syrians

Man sitting on floor of tent holding mobile phone as two young girls look on (© Ghaith Alsayed/AP Images)
Tariq al-Obeid, who was displaced from the eastern countryside of Idlib governorate, Syria, tutors his children using a mobile phone in Kelly, a town in northern Idlib. (© Ghaith Alsayed/AP Images)

The United States is supporting the Syrian people with more than $596 million in new humanitarian assistance.

The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provides critical assistance to internally displaced people in Syria, as well as refugees and host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

“We remain committed to supporting the Syrian people as well as regional countries who have taken on the burden of hosting millions of refugees,” U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said March 30, in a virtual announcement at the Fifth Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, co-chaired by the U.N. and the European Union.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield sitting at microphone, with United Nations backdrop (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the United Nations (© Mary Altaffer/AP Images)

The month of March marked 10 years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, which has forced 13 million Syrians to flee their homes and left 13.4 million Syrians in need of aid.

The funding will enable USAID and State Department partner organizations to provide a wide range of lifesaving humanitarian assistance, including emergency food, safe drinking water and shelter, as well as health care and improved sanitation. Sponsored programs also provide mental health support and counseling to people affected by the crisis.

U.S. assistance also supports education and economic opportunities to help refugees become self-reliant in their new circumstances.

The United States is the single largest donor to the Syrian people and has provided nearly $13 billion in humanitarian assistance since the conflict began in 2011.

The United States and its allies support a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for a Syrian-led political process, a new constitution and creation of a nonsectarian government.

“Along with our allies and partners, the United States supports UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen’s efforts to achieve a political settlement and permanent resolution to the Syrian conflict,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30. “There is no military solution that will bring peace, security, and stability to Syria, and the region.”