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US to Send $51 Million in Additional Humanitarian Aid to Central African Republic

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. announced an additional $51 million in humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic on Monday.

In a statement, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said that the new assistance will bring the total funding sent to the Central African Republic to $118 million in the 2014 fiscal year. The assistance is intended to help those suffering in the country and refugees in neighboring countries.

The State Department said on Monday that more than half of the Central African Republic's population is "in need of humanitarian assistance." Between clean water, food, health services, and relief supplies, the new funding aims to provide those in need with the services that they would not have access to otherwise.

"The United States remains deeply committed to stopping human suffering in CAR and is the leading donor of humanitarian assistance to the crisis," Harf said.

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