U.S. to give extra $84 million to Jordan for Syrian refugees

Published August 3rd, 2014 - 06:53 GMT
A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).

The United States (U.S.) is providing $84 million in additional aid for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan, Secretary of State John Kerry announced recently.

The assistance is part of $378 million in new funding for those affected throughout the region by the war in Syria, according to a U.S. embassy statement issued late last week.

“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 statement said. 

“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 embassy added. 

“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.” 

As part of this contribution, United Nations agencies in Jordan will receive $57 million from the USAID’s Food for Peace and $27 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

“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,” the statement quoted Kerry as saying. 

“As we continue our humanitarian efforts, we remain committed to finding a political solution to this crisis,” he added.


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