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US Boosts Aid for Syrian Refugee Hosts

The 'Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation - supporting stability in the region' starts in Berlin, Oct. 28, 2014.

The United States said it will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from Syria.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard made the announcement Tuesday in Berlin at an international conference hosted by Germany on the "Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region."

This new assistance will help improve schools, buy textbooks and supplies, build health clinics, support staff from local communities, and improve and extend water and sewer infrastructure.

Foreign ministers and representatives from 40 nations are meeting in Berlin to focus on helping Syria's neighbors cope with the huge group of refugees who have been pushed from their country by years of war.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh warned of what he called "host-country fatigue" in trying keeping pace with the needs of so many extra people.

The United Nations has registered more than three million Syrian refugees. Turkey and Lebanon are each hosting more than one million people, while Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have taken in hundreds of thousands more.

In Syria, the fighting that began in March 2011 has forced another 6.5 million people from their homes.

The United Nations has appealed for billions of dollars to provide humanitarian aid for the refugees, but says it has received only about half of what it needs.

Syrian refugees in Turkey