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Rights group says millions in Syria school aid goes missing

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BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch says millions of dollars of school aid for Syrian refugees went unaccounted for last year, leaving schools across the region understaffed and contributing to a massive under-enrollment of Syrian children.

The New York-based group says more than a half million school-age refugees were out of school last year, in part because of the severe funding shortfalls in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. There are at least 1.6 million Syrian children refugees in the region.

The U.S. government aid agency USAID, for example, reported it had given $248 million in school aid to Jordan last year, but Jordan's government only reported receiving $13 million. A separate USAID database only tracked $82 million in disbursements that year.

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