United States provides additional humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who have fled their country

United States provides additional humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who have fled their country

Vice President Pence announced that the United States is providing nearly $61 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support the regional response for the 3.4 million Venezuelans who have fled the man-made crisis in their country.

The Vice President recognizes the need to increase support for these vulnerable Venezuelans and announced the new funding during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council focused on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

The United States has provided more than $213 million in humanitarian assistance to provide life-saving aid and critical basic social services – including shelter, emergency food and health assistance, safe drinking water, protection from violence and exploitation, and access to work and education opportunities – to the most vulnerable Venezuelans living in 16 countries in the region. This assistance complements the efforts of host countries to help those who have fled repression and chaos in Venezuela.

The funding from the announcement, provided by the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), complements the relief supplies that the United States and its partners have pre-positioned in Brazil, Colombia, and Curaçao since February 7, 2019.

This announcement brings United States assistance to the Venezuelan crisis in the region to more than $256 million since Fiscal Year 2017, including more than $213 million in humanitarian aid, and approximately $43 million in development and economic assistance. These investments support emergency response efforts throughout the region and build long-term capacity to assist those who have fled the crisis in Venezuela.

Original source: USAID
Published on 10 April 2019