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21 March 2014

“It’s not just a humanitarian issue, a need to feed people,” Dr. Fouad M. Fouad, a Syrian doctor who studies the impact of the conflict, told a conference at the American University of Beirut last week. “It’s a historical, geopolitical issue.” Aid workers are scrambling to refocus public attention on Syria. Private donations for Syrians have lagged far behind those for other emergencies, like the recent typhoon in the Philippines, international aid groups say.


21 March 2014

Now aid workers believe starvation cases are increasing in besieged areas of Syria and malnutrition is spreading among the poorest Syrian refugees. (..) A survey in Jordan found that 4 percent of Syrian refugee children under five needed treatment for moderate or acute malnutrition, the World Food Programme said on Monday.


21 March 2014

At the new Safeway store in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, the Syrian cashiers wear bright blue tabards that read "here to help you". There is no need for cash. The shop accepts World Food Programme (WFP) food vouchers and will soon switch to pre-paid debit cards. "Syrians are among the gourmets of the region and like a diverse, sophisticated diet that we can't provide through regular food distribution," says the WFP's Jonathan Campbell.


13 March 2014

The human degradation in Syria, notably in areas besieged by the army, has reached levels unimaginable three years ago.


13 March 2014

The head of the United Nation's refugee agency said on Tuesday it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but his biggest worry is that "a total disaster" could occur if the international community diverts its attention away from Syria's conflict. Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said in an interview that little progress was being made in efforts by the United States and Russia, now at loggerheads over Ukraine, to bring Syria's warring sides together after the collapse of talks in Geneva last month.


13 March 2014

As Syria's uprising-turned-civil-war enters its fourth year there is little sign of an end to the suffering that has forced 2.5 million people to flee, principally to Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. The conflict has internally displaced a further 6.5 million, and left 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN figures. More than 180,000 people have simply disappeared, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Overall, the total refugee outflow rose more than four-fold in 2013.


11 March 2014

Three northeastern provinces of Syria face an "alarming" food crisis, although access to relieve the impact of civil war has improved somewhat elsewhere, a U.N. aid agency said on Monday. Days before the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said the hardest areas to reach were the northeastern provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hassaka. "We don't have total absolute numbers on deaths due to starvation. There are no massive indications of that. But there are certainly widespread (and) what I would call alarming nutritional indicators," Amir Abdulla, the U.N. agency's deputy executive director, told a news briefing in Geneva.


10 March 2014

The World Food Programme says it has a serious funding shortfall for its work in Syria. The UN agency says it needs to raise money to help more than four million people displaced within Syria, as well as almost three million refugees in neighbouring countries.


25 February 2014

Syria's Red Crescent on Monday said it has distributed 6,650 food rations in three areas of Damascus where rebels and the army reached a truce, but which are still under partial blockade. The aid mission was carried out with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP).


25 February 2014

In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the immediate prospect of punishment for those who disobey.