From USAID Administrator, Henrietta H. Fore the U.S. relief pledge to assist the Cuban people

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Cuban people have suffered greatly in the aftermath of hurricanes and tropical storms since the end of August. The U.S. government has offered on four separate occasions to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to those Cubans in dire need. Some of this assistance has already been delivered through relief and humanitarian organizations on the ground. However, much of this assistance has been declined by the Cuban government while the Cuban people needlessly suffer.

The United Nations recently published a plan of action for Cuba in which they have appealed for $30 million for recovery efforts. The U.S. has pledged to provide an additional $3.5 million dollars in response to the United Nations Plan of Action for meeting immediate and mid-term needs of the Cuban people in wake of the recent hurricanes. This is the U.S. government's fifth unconditional offer of aid to assist the Cuban people.

In the aftermath of the recent tropical storms and hurricanes, the United States government has made providing aid to the Cuban people a top priority. It is our sincere hope that with this fifth offer we may finally get much needed aid to those Cubans who are still suffering in the wake of the storms.

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