usengageun:

20 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the #Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent lifesaving #food assistance. Learn more about the 3-year Strategic Response Plan recently launched by the United Nations and humanitarian partners to provide aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

usengageun:

20 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the #Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent lifesaving #food assistance. 

Learn more about the 3-year Strategic Response Plan recently launched by the United Nations and humanitarian partners to provide aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

Secretary Kerry listens at the Syrian Donors’ Conference in Kuwait City earlier today. U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Syria now totals $1.7 billion.

Secretary Kerry listens at the Syrian Donors’ Conference in Kuwait City earlier today. U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Syria now totals $1.7 billion.

united-nations:

On Wednesday UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos did a Twitter chat on the Syria Crisis, taking questions from Twitter users and answering them live. Having been to the region five times in 2013 alone, she calls the conflict in Syria one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today.
Check the questions and answers on this Storify: http://storify.com/un/askvalerie

united-nations:

On Wednesday UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos did a Twitter chat on the Syria Crisis, taking questions from Twitter users and answering them live. Having been to the region five times in 2013 alone, she calls the conflict in Syria one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today.

Check the questions and answers on this Storify: http://storify.com/un/askvalerie

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.

Today in The Philippines, Secretary Kerry announced $24.6 million in new Typhoon Haiyan aid. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here and see more photos from his trip on Flickr!

Today in The Philippines, Secretary Kerry announced $24.6 million in new Typhoon Haiyan aid. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here and see more photos from his trip on Flickr!

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.

U.S. Provides Wheat To Fill Urgent Food Gaps in Syria

As part of our nearly $510 million in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, wheat recently provided by the United States will feed more than one million people in Syria for four months.

The 25,000 metric tons of wheat donated to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will be milled into flour and distributed to vulnerable families across Syria’s 14 Governorates through WFP as part of a monthly food ration. In addition to the 25 kilogram bag of flour that is being provided in these monthly food kits, families receive vegetable oil, pasta, bulgur, canned pulses and sugar. MORE

Secretary Kerry Announces Doubling of U.S. Non-lethal Assistance to the Syrian Opposition and New Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian Crisis

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2013


Following his meetings with Syrian Coalition President al-Khatib, members of the Coalition’s leadership, and international partners supporting the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the United States’ intention to double non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, as well as provide additional humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.

The new non-lethal assistance underscores the United States’ firm support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria and for the opposition’s advancement of an inclusive, tolerant vision for a post-Assad Syria. The United States will work with the Syrian Coalition and other opposition representatives to determine how the new $123 million in non-lethal assistance can best support their efforts to meet the needs of the Syrian people and lead the way to a political transition that will bring an end to this conflict, and build the inclusive, democratic Syria that its people deserve. This new pledge brings our total non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition and civil society groups to $250 million. MORE

Saving a Leg and a Life in Rif Damascus

Surgery performed at a field hospital in Atmeh, Syria, next to the border with Turkey, Nov. 16, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Rebecca Gustafson serves on USAID’s Syria Response Management Team.

As part of the $385 million in U.S. government humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria, USAID is supporting more than 110 field hospitals, medical clinics and medical points across Syria that have saved countless lives.

Hajji Rajaa is a 69-year old grandmother who lives on her own in Rif Damascus. As she was traveling to buy groceries for her family, she was hit in the knee by sniper fire.

Once the scene was deemed safe, bystanders transported Hajji Rajaa to a nearby USAID-funded field hospital. The medical team quickly determined the extent of the damage, thankful the bullet had not hit the femoral artery.

Doctors removed the bullet and treated her wound, but Hajji Rajaa required daily care to ensure her wound was healing properly. Though she wanted to recover at home with her family nearby, she was unable to travel to the field hospital… more »

Aid for a Syrian Baby

A Syrian refugee woman walks with her two kids at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan, Jan. 9, 2013. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Rebecca Gustafson serves on USAID’s Syria Response Management Team.

In January 2013, a mortar shell struck an apartment in Dar’a Governorate. A mother in an adjoining apartment grabbed her 7-month old son Dia’a* and ran to check for survivors.

Just as she discovered her brother was killed in the attack, another mortar shell hit the building — this time killing one of her other sons. The explosion also ruptured a water heater, blasting scalding water on Dia’a’s face and right arm.

Dia’a was rushed to a nearby Syrian government-run medical clinic, where many believe that women and children can safely receive care. After Dia’a received basic aid, a worker at the clinic discreetly warned the mother that they should leave before she and her son were both killed.

The family fled to the Jordanian border and were received by Jordanian border guards, who transported them to Za’atri refugee camp. During the trip, Dia’a… more »