“No matter what else is going on, addressing the plight of Syrians must remain at the top of our agenda,” said Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations.
She announced America’s pledge of nearly $508 million more to help the Syrian people, the largest U.S. pledge to date to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, March 31.
“Even as the region is convulsed by many other serious challenges, we must never grow used to the suffering of the Syrian people,” Power said.
More than 12.2 million Syrians need emergency assistance, including over 5 million children affected by violence, hunger and disease. Within Syria, 7.6 million people are displaced, and 3.9 million have fled to neighboring countries.
“Syria’s neighbors have shown remarkable generosity in taking in refugees, and we strongly urge them to keep their borders open,” Power said.
Total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011 exceeds $3 billion. The United States remains the single largest donor of humanitarian aid to those affected by the Syrian crisis.
The United States directs this aid to treat more than 2 million patients at hospitals and clinics and to feed nearly 7 million people.
“Today, we are calling on more countries to step up support for efforts like these, and on those countries that have already made generous contributions to do more,” Power said. “The greatest humanitarian crisis in a generation demands the response of a generation.”
Humanitarian organizations are helping aid reach the Syrian people. If you want to help, you can do so through groups like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.