U.S. Announces Nearly $16M In Humanitarian Assistance To Venezuelan Refugees, U.S. Officials Offer Remarks

U.S. Department of State: United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need
“[Friday], the United States announced nearly $16 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the crisis there. This funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development includes a contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s regional response to the Venezuela crisis and humanitarian aid to Venezuelans and host communities in Colombia and Brazil. This assistance will help provide the people of Venezuela safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, shelter, protection from violence and exploitation, and work and education opportunities, in coordination with other humanitarian organizations and government partners…” (4/13).

U.S. Department of State: Remarks on Venezuela Humanitarian Aid
In his remarks on the U.S. provision of additional humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans fleeing their country, Francisco Palmieri, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, notes, “[W]ith this U.S. funding, UNHCR will work with local governments to increase registration of Venezuelans and support their access to local services such as health care, education, food, and shelter” (4/13).

USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks on Humanitarian Assistance for Venezuela
In his remarks, USAID Administrator Mark Green states, “[W]e all know that this action is merely a short-term response, not a solution. For the sake of the Venezuelan people and the entire region, we must hope that the Maduro regime releases its crushing grip and that we see a return to democracy and to rule of law, for the sake of the Venezuelan people who deserve a peaceful, hopeful future” (4/14).

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