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    US Gives $421Mln in Aid for UN Commission Helping Global Refugees

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    The United States is providing $420 million in humanitarian aid to the United Nations refugee commission this year, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier this year, the State Department announced $191 million contribution to UNHCR for their Syria operations.

    “The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),” Kirby said.

    The grant brought the total US contribution to UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in fiscal year 2016, he added.

    The UNHCR is working to protect refugees around the world by providing water, shelter, food, healthcare, and education to millions of refugees in such nations as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Colombia, South Sudan, and Kenya, Kirby said.

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