UN: Syrian refugees overwhelm Jordan camp
Anne Richard, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, says that as more Syrians pour out of their homeland, more countries are needed to contribute assistance.
Last year, the U.S. contributed $220 million to assist Syrian refugees. Speaking Monday in the Jordanian capital, Richard said the U.S. would announce additional funding for Syria at the conference in Kuwait, but declined to provide details.
Another Abu Walid, 46, from the southern Syrian town of Dara'a, said that as much as he and the other refugees need the aid, what they really want is an end to nightmarish killing, rape and shelling back home. His 16-year-old son was killed in Syria by shrapnel from artillery tank fire as he walked home from work.
‘‘We want this awful crisis to end and to return home,’’ said the slender man, a wool scarf tied around his neck to ward off the cold.
‘‘The world is sleeping. It’s failing us. ... How can it continue to turn its back on us every day as more and more are killed inside Syria?’’