Syria enters its fifth year of conflict
Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion
On March 31, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announced more than $507.8 million in new USG funding to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Syria and neighboring countries. The announcement, made at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait City, Kuwait, brings the total USG humanitarian funding for Syria to nearly $3.7 billion since 2011. The conference served as a platform for UN member states and regional organizations to pledge support to the 2015 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan and the Strategic Response Plan for Syria, which requests $5.5 billion and $2.9 billion in humanitarian funding, respectively.
March 2015 marks the four-year anniversary of the start of the Syria crisis, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 220,000 Syrians and has displaced more than 11 million people, including 7.6 million people internally and more than 3.9 million people to neighboring countries. An estimated 12.2 million people in Syria—out of total population of 18 million—are in need of emergency relief assistance, representing a nearly 30 percent increase since March 2014, according to the UN.
Following attempts by the UN to negotiate a freeze in hostilities in the city of Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, the city experienced renewed, heavy fighting between Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) and opposition forces in early March. The UN And other relief organizations have assessed needs and developed humanitarian response strategies to respond rapidly in the event that a freeze of the conflict in Aleppo takes hold.