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U.S. Announces Non-Lethal Aid To Syrian Opposition, Including Food, Medical Supplies

“The U.S. unveiled a package of non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, as the U.K. was expected to provide combat gear, in a new Western effort to support the fight against President Bashar al-Assad that Syrian rebels immediately blasted as insufficient,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Solomon/Malas, 2/28). “U.S. Secretary of…

Associated Press Examines International Aid To Afghanistan As Troops Withdraw

The Associated Press examines how the “impending withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign combat forces” from Afghanistan is affecting international aid to the country, which is “on the decline because of donor fatigue and fears of deteriorating security after nearly 12 years of war.” The news agency continues, “Worried about losing hard-won…

Speculation Continues Over Possible Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“The U.S. Food for Peace, a food aid program with an annual $2 billion price tag, is reportedly being considered to be replaced with a more direct cash donation system, angering [some] senators and grassroots organizations,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog reports. “No official announcement has come out yet, but at least 20…

U.N. Agencies Appeal For Additional Assistance For Food, Health And Education In Mali

“A top United Nations relief official who just returned from a trip to northern Mali said Tuesday that desperation, hunger and fear had pervaded the region in the year since Islamist militant extremists seized control, and that only $17 million of the organization’s appeal for $373 million in emergency aid…

Humanitarian Groups Warn Of Food Shortages, Lack Of Health Care And Education Services In CAR

“Humanitarian agencies are warning of a looming food crisis in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a result of the insecurity that has displaced thousands of people and disrupted cultivation and trade,” IRIN reports. “Food prices are increasing, according to the findings of a recent assessment by [the World Food Programme…

USAID Distributing ‘Hygiene Kits’ In Syrian Refugee Camp As Part Of Humanitarian Effort

USAID “is distributing ‘hygiene kits’ at a Syrian refugee camp as part of a $385 million effort to help those affected by the country’s ongoing civil war, according to a statement published on the U.S. Embassy’s website Thursday,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 2/21). According to the IIP Digital article, USAID –…

USAID Pledges $20M In Humanitarian Aid To Somalia

“Signaling the latest step forward in rapidly strengthening U.S.-Somalia relations, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spent five hours in Mogadishu on Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. administration official to visit Somalia’s capital in years,” theAssociated Press reports (Guled/Straziuso, 2/21). Rajiv Shah “spent five hours … in the…

Coalition Of Aid Groups Warn Of Sequestration’s Effects On Humanitarian Aid In Open Letter

“A coalition of aid groups including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, InterAction, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Refugees International, World Vision, and many others delivered a letter [.pdf] to the White House and Congress Wednesday pointing out that 2013 has already been a year where the resources devoted to humanitarian assistance have…

U.N. Official Says Humanitarian Situation In Syria Deteriorating But Efforts To Reach Those Affected Continue

“Humanitarian agencies are trying to keep up with the rising needs stemming from the ongoing conflict in Syria, the top United Nations relief official said [Tuesday], while noting that limited access is preventing everyone who requires assistance from receiving it,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to journalists following the Syria Humanitarian…