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Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The United States is providing more than $364 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria, as world leaders gathered during the UN General Assembly to galvanize significant new global commitments to increase support for refugees. This announcement, which brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $5.9 billion since the start of the crisis, reflects the continued generosity of the American people and demonstrates steadfast U.S. commitment to helping address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent needs.

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard: Briefing on Syria Humanitarian Assistance

Last week, President Obama hosted the Leaders’ Summit on refugees, where 49 countries and several international organizations pledged to assist refugees worldwide by increasing humanitarian assistance, opportunities for formal refugee resettlement and other legal channels of admission, and opportunities for education and lawful employment.

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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for Libya Totals More Than $121 Million

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. This funding will help address critical humanitarian needs, including aid for those displaced from Sirte. Today’s announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Libyans to more than $121 million since FY 2012.

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United States Pledges Nearly $133 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced the additional funding at the “High Level Side Event on South Sudan” on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid for the people of South Sudan to nearly $1.9 billion since the start of the conflict in December 2013.

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Secretary of State Kerry Calls for Syria Ceasefire at UN Security Council Session

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Secretary Kerry: “There is only one choice, and it’s to get to that table with Staffan de Mistura and it is get to a negotiation and get a ceasefire so we stop the flow of refugees, stop the suffering, and provide the people of Syria with a chance to breathe, to live.”

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President Obama at Refugees Summit: “That little boy on the beach could be our son.”

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President Barack Obama: “Those girls could be our daughters. That little boy on the beach could be our son. We cannot turn our backs.”

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Transcript of President Obama’s Address to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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President Obama: “We must reject any forms of fundamentalism, or racism, or a belief in ethnic superiority that makes our traditional identities irreconcilable with modernity.”

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Secretary Kerry’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (Readout)

The Secretary and Foreign Minister Lavrov reaffirmed the importance of extending and solidifying the cessation of hostilities in Syria. They agreed on the urgent need for humanitarian aid to begin flowing.

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U.S. Announces Contribution To Support Joint IOM-UNHCR Mechanism Supporting Emerging Refugee Resettlement Countries

The United States strongly urges other donors to join in supporting this important mechanism. With full funding, the ERCM could help as many as 10 countries resettle nearly 30,000 refugees over the next three years.

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U.S. Has Met its Goal of Welcoming 10,000 Syrian War Refugees

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The Department of State is grateful for the tremendous collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration, the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, and voluntary groups that help refugees.

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