USAID Freezes Syria Humanitarian Assistance Over Fraud Allegations

From Al-Bawaba

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has frozen more than $200 million in contracts for Syrian humanitarian aid, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 

The situation likely means that starving and sick people in Syria, which has been racked by war since 2011, will find it harder to obtain the food, clothing and medicine they need to survive. 

USAID, a U.S. government agency in charge of assisting countries struggling with poverty, natural disasters, or “transitions to democracy,” has received at least 116 complaints of abuse of USAID funds related to the US government’s Syria response since February 2015, said Ann Calvaresi Barr, USAID’s inspector general, in a statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs earlier this month. 

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