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U.S. Announces $419M In Additional Aid To Assist Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on the Obama administration’s announcement of additional aid to respond to Syrian refugees.

The Hill: U.S. pledges another $419M to Syrian refugees
“The United States will donate an additional $419 million in humanitarian aid to address the plight of refugees fleeing Syria, the White House said Monday. The new money will pay for food, water, shelter, and medical care for Syrians affected by the conflict, spokesman Josh Earnest said…” (Fabian, 9/21).

Newsweek: U.S. to Provide $419 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid for Syrians
“…The funding, which will come from the State Department and the USAID, brings the total amount of U.S. humanitarian funding for the crisis to $4.5 billion since 2012. The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to Syrians…” (Westcott, 9/21).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Boost Contribution for Humanitarian Aid to Syrian War Refugees
“…The announcement came a day after Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would increase the U.S. refugee cap to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017…” (Schwartz, 9/21).

Washington Post: U.S. gives $419 million more to aid Syrian refugees
“…Humanitarian groups have had to cut back much of their assistance as donations have dried up during the prolonged war, which has turned more than four million Syrians into refugees and displaced more than seven million within their country. The United Nations has less than 40 percent of what it needs to help Syrians, and its agencies cut aid to some refugees in order to provide aid to those who are more vulnerable…” (Morello, 9/21).

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