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WFP restores food assistance to Syrian refugees including in Egypt

The UN organisation had been suffering from a lack of funds that forced it cut to funds for Syria aid operations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016
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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will fully reinstate its food assistance programme to Syria following funding pledges at London’s “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” earlier in February, the WFP said in a press release on Monday.

“The funds pledged will support a comprehensive restoration of food assistance for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt from March until the end of the year,” the statement read.

Syrians inside their country will also benefit from a full food basket beginning in April until October this year.

The "record pledge" is worth around $675 million and will be used for school meals and “other in-kind activities” in order to help Syrian refugees.

The funds for Syria-related operations pledged at the conference were mainly provided by Germany, with $623 million.

On 1 December 2014, the WFP announced that a lack of funds made them stop providing food assistance to 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the region, saying food assistance for the month of December only would require $64 million, Reuters reported at the time.

Eight days later, the food aid programme resumed its operation after it received $80 million.

Eight months later, the WFP announced it had to drop the value of food vouchers in half in Lebanon and Jordan, according to a July 2015 press release.

In August 2015, the WFP said it needed $163 million to continue supporting Syrian refugees in the region until October, according to an August press release.

The organisation is funded by governments, companies and private individuals.

“On behalf of the Syrian people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict, we thank those world leaders who stepped up in London.

“Their generosity means that we are able to fully meet the immediate basic food assistance needs of 1.8 million refugees in the region and 4.5 million Syrians inside the country who rely on WFP assistance every day,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said, according to Monday’s press release.

The UN’s WFP fights hunger on a global level, mainly through food assistance for emergencies such as in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and West African countries.

 

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