Reports have shown that the UN’s relief efforts in Syria are giving the Assad regime financial resources that keep it afloat and enable its oppression of the Syrian people. The U.S. shouldn’t be part of funding this poorly-executed aid, and should instead direct its own funds to effective humanitarian relief efforts that won’t boost the Assad regime.
In places like Syria, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to avoid working with existing government bodies while also keeping relief staff safe. In light of this, the UN’s contracts with Assad-related companies and entities, while unfortunate, is understandable. The US shouldn’t penalize the UN, and by extension the Syrian people, for this reality.