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Obama Announces $195 Million in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 7, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 7, 2013.
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President Barack Obama announced the United States is providing an additional $195 million in food  and  humanitarian aid to help the Syrian people on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The White House issued a statement from the president to Muslims celebrating the religious holiday, also known as the Feast of Breaking the Fast.

The statement says the total U.S. humanitarian aid contribution to the Syrian people since the civil war began there totals more than $1 billion.

“Many of us have had the opportunity to break fast with our Muslim friends and colleagues – a tradition that reminds us to be grateful for our blessings and to show compassion for the less fortunate among us, including millions of Syrians who spent Ramadan displaced from their homes, their families, and their loved ones,” said the statement by Obama.

Rebels trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have accused Washington of being slow to provide weapons and military support to their uprising, which started two and a half years ago.The U.S. has, though, been providing humanitarian aid throughout the conflict.

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by: Francis Egu Lansana from: Vahun, Lofa County, Liber
August 08, 2013 11:32 AM
Thank you President Obama and the people of America for all of the kind gestures you are continuing to provide for the Syrians. Been a big brother is not only to beat me on my palm but to help protect me whenever i am in eminent threat and to also feed me when i am hungry. Let all big brothers continue to play a dual roles as a big brother and to the people of Syria, please know that war is not the end the problem instead it is the birth giver to the problem Liberia is my weakness.Thank you president Obama and the people of America, may God continue to yield good edible fruits on your soil.

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