Hunger in the news

15 February 2013

"A WFP (World Food Programme) team visited the area and estimated that around 40,000 people have fled al-Shaddadeh to al-Hasakah city (the regional capital)," the U.N. agency told journalists in Geneva on Friday. Northeastern Syria was hit by four years of drought before the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad started nearly two years ago, resulting in high rates of malnutrition among children, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.

14 February 2013

Jordan must not be left alone to deal with the Syrian refugees, an EU fact-finding mission said on Wednesday. (..) The delegation also called on the Arab states to share some of the burden Jordan is carrying, and learn from the EU’s experience in that regard. The EU, for its part, is expected to show solidarity and come to the aid of the Syrian refugees, instead of leaving it to Syria’s neighbouring countries, the MEPs said.

13 February 2013

“The nutrition situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan, while not yet serious, could deteriorate with this protracted humanitarian emergency and many of these refugees are exhausting their savings, if indeed they came with any,” said Jonathan Campbell, the World Food Programme’s emergency coordinator for the Syria Refugee Operation in Jordan.

13 February 2013

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is feeding more than 7,000 Syrian refugees in Egypt through a newly-launched food voucher operation that is underway in other parts of the region. (..) Last week, more than 3,000 Syrian refugees received vouchers in the first round of distribution in the Cairo satellite cities of Al-Obour and 6th of October City, as well as Damietta near the Nile. WFP is planning to reach an additional 4,000 Syrians in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria by the end of this month.

11 February 2013

Lebanon should consider setting up transit centers to absorb the waves of refugees fleeing neighboring Syria and may have to establish formal refugee camps if the influx continues, a United Nations refugee official said.

11 February 2013

International traders challenged Syrian officials' estimates that the government has enough wheat stored to last a year despite the raging 22-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. (..) A kilo of bread now sells closer to market prices at about 100 Syrian pounds ($1.4), four times its fixed price, residents in several areas across Syria said. Last month the U.N. aid agency the World Food Programme (WFP) has said there were signs of availability problems with wheat flour and bread.

8 February 2013

Turkey has spent more than $600 million sheltering refugees from the almost two-year-old conflict in neighbouring Syria, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday. (..) The United Nations said on Friday that refugee numbers have spiked, with around 5,000 people fleeing each day, 2,000 more a day than last year's figures. (..) Some diplomats have suggested foreign funding might be more forthcoming if international organisations such as the United Nations were given greater control.

7 February 2013

U.S. officials Wednesday urged international donors to make good on pledges of more than $1.5 billion in aid for Syrians, warning that millions of people remained in dire need as the war rumbles on. There are now some 763,000 refugees who have fled Syria for neighboring countries, while another 2.5 million are estimated to have been displaced inside the country.

6 February 2013

There are many children like Zeina who fled the fighting in Syria and poured into neighbouring countries. WFP covers the food needs of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with food distributions and innovative food vouchers. In October, WFP provided food assistance to almost 160,000 refugees in all four countries.

6 February 2013

The U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon expects the daily rate of registrations – around 2,000 to 3,000 – of Syrian refugees to continue at a steady pace, meaning the current total of 250,000 could double by May. (..) At a media roundtable at the UNHCR office Tuesday, Ninette Kelly, the resident representative of the refugee agency, said that around 3,000 refugees come forward for registration each day across Lebanon and that in January the process was finalized for 38,000 in total.