U. S. Humanitarian Assistance to Displaced Syrians in Turkey

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 17, 2012

Question: Has the United States offered assistance to Turkey to aid Syrian refugees?

Answer: The United States has provided nearly $25 million in humanitarian assistance to support the people of Syria through international and non-governmental humanitarian partners in the region. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received $8.5 million of these funds.

As of April 15, UNHCR has provided almost 34,000 blankets, 10,000 bed mats and 5,100 family tents in response to the arrival of displaced Syrians in Turkey and the emergency response to the earthquake in Van this past fall. Additionally, UNHCR has regular access to the camps, and the Government of Turkey has invited UNHCR to provide technical assistance on protection issues including camp management, voluntary repatriation, and registration.

The government of Turkey’s humanitarian assistance provided through the Turkish Red Crescent exceeds international standards, and we commend the Turkish Government’s leadership and humanitarian response.

PRN: 2012/594