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As part of our ongoing Trucks of Peace series, VIT is highlighting the heroic role that military trucks play in delivering aid to countries in disaster and times of war.
2,000 Trucks Render Aid to Syrians in Crisis
Trucks routinely play a vital role in making the delivery of humanitarian aid and crucial supplies to nations experiencing crisis. Recently, in the aftermath of Syrian earthquakes the United Nations (UN) and its partner agencies, including the U.S. Government (USG), have successfully transported more than 2,000 trucks loaded with vital relief supplies from Turkey to northwestern Syria.
According to the UN’s recent report, this extensive effort has involved approximately 1,700 trucks crossing through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing point (BCP), nearly 280 trucks passing through the Bab al-Salama BCP, and over 60 trucks traversing the Al Ra’ee BCP, according to USAID.
Various US and UN agencies have collectively mobilized resources to transport a wide range of essential commodities. These include in-kind food assistance, pharmaceuticals, and other crucial relief items.
Trucks have also played a crucial role in delivering water
As of April 25, the cross-border convoys have successfully reached and provided emergency tents and relief supplies to over 275,000 individuals affected by the earthquakes. This ongoing effort signifies the dedication of the United States and the UN’s partner agencies in alleviating the suffering and meeting the immediate needs of the affected population in northwest Syria.
“In northern Syria, USAID/BHA partners increase access to safe drinking water through emergency water trucking and the distribution of water storage tanks and water treatment devices. Furthermore, USAID/BHA is supporting NGOs to strengthen cholera and COVID-19 response activities by increasing water trucking frequency to communities and IDP sites, providing additional water for handwashing and cleaning, and distributing soap and other WASH
The United States is the world’s “single largest provider of humanitarian assistance to people in need. In just the last year, the State Department alone has provided billions of dollars in assistance for refugees, including $2.2 billion to the UN Refugee Agency,” according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Commodities,” US Aid reports.
This isn’t the first time that the US has helped aid the Syrian people: “The United States is the leading donor of humanitarian assistance for Syria, providing nearly $16 billion throughout Syria and the region,” according to USAID.