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State Department announces aid for Yemen, Venezuela, Rohingya refugees

September 22 (WNN) — The US State Department on Wednesday announced additional humanitarian assistance to Yemen, Venezuela and areas affected by the Rakhine State/Rohingya refugee crisis.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced $290 million in aid for the people of Yemen amid the ongoing war between Houthi rebels and Yemen’s internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition.

The aid includes $209 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development and about $82 million through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and aid to the 20 million people dependent on humanitarian assistance for food, health, water, sanitation contributes to its efforts. Sanitation, shelter, security and education.

It also supports the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, rehabilitating water systems for safe drinking water, helping families earn income, as well as providing shelter supplies and sanitation items to protect against COVID-19.

“The United States remains committed to providing aid to the most vulnerable in Yemen and calls for an end to barriers and bureaucratic barriers,” Blinken said. “We continue to call on the Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia and the Houthis on our behalf to ensure that fuel is flowing at prices in Yemen and throughout Yemen and to remove any impediments or impediments to this end. , so that Yemeni citizens can access basic services and assistance.”

This contribution provides total assistance by the United States to Yemen of $806 million in fiscal year 2021 and more than $4 billion since 2014.

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Also on Wednesday, the Senior Adviser for Special Political Affairs, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, announced $247 million in humanitarian aid and $89 million in economic and development assistance for Venezuela.

The State Department said the aid would support 7 million people in Venezuela with “serious needs” as well as about 5.7 million Venezuelans who have sought asylum in 17 countries and communities that have welcomed them.

“This announcement demonstrates our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and our commitment to strengthen the international response to the crisis,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Finally, Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield announced approximately $180 million in aid for those affected by the Rakhine State/Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, Bangladesh and elsewhere in the region.

The State Department said the United States has provided more than $1.5 billion in funding since August 2017, when more than 740,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to Bangladesh through ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Aid includes funding for education, food security, health, nutrition, security, shelter, disaster response, water, sanitation and hygiene.

“The United States recognizes the challenges and responsibilities that the response has placed on the people and government of Bangladesh, and we underscore the international community’s continued commitment to addressing and resolving this crisis,” Price said in a statement. Huh.”

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