Coping with Conflict: Helping Syrians Overcome the Trauma of War

As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.

Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.

In 2013, as more people than ever sought their news through social media, the State Department expanded its digital engagement.  Our goal was, and remains, to find ways to give you more access to foreign affairs information and more opportunities to offer your opinions. Check out 13 stories, as told through social media, that shaped our world this year, and tell us what you think were the most significant foreign affairs events in 2013. 

A careful balance of strength and diplomacy gives us the best chance to reach our common goal, and to do so without having to resort to force.
Secretary Kerry at the Saban Forum, December 7, 2013
This is meaningful progress which many believed would be impossible. The progress must continue.
Secretary Kerry on Eliminating Chemical Weapons in Syria, October 31, 2013
Aid workers must have full access to do their jobs now. The world cannot sit by watching innocents die.
Secretary Kerry on Syria in OpEd in Foreign Policy Magazine

Listen to Secretary Kerry’s Morning Edition interview on npr with about Afghanistan and Syria.

The scale and scope of the crisis in Syria is staggering. Seven million Syrians – a third of the country’s entire population – have fled their homes. More than two million of them are identified refugees – half of them, children.
Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Syria. Read his full remarks here:

Yesterday, President Obama announced the United States will provide $339 million in additional U.S. humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria. This new announcement brings the total U.S. funding for humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people to nearly $1.4 billion since the crisis began.