9 January 2013
The World Food Program, the food agency of the United Nations, said that it was providing food to one and a half million people inside Syria this month but that as many as two and a half million needed help, mostly in areas made hazardous by fighting between insurgents and loyalist forces of President Bashar al-Assad. (..) “Our partners are overstretched, and there is no capacity to expand operations further,” said a WFP spokeswoman, Elizabeth Byrs. (..) She also said acute fuel shortages in Syria had delayed food deliveries and contributed to severe inflation in the price of bread because bakeries needed fuel for their ovens.
28 December 2012
Winter's cold is a serious threat, especially for children and those already weakened after their escape from Syria, say officials with the United Nations and other agencies assisting the Syrian multitudes. (..) At Zaatari, home to about 40,000 refugees, workers are hastening to winterize the vast camp, situated in an inhospitable stretch of desert where winter temperatures regularly plunge below freezing and strong winds and snow are not uncommon. (..) The vast majority of refugees stay with host families, rent homes or otherwise scramble to find housing and aid. More than 500,000 have signed up for U.N. assistance.
20 December 2012
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Syrians to get enough food as the conflict continues in the country, according to the World Food Programme. (..) WFP spokesperson in Geneva Elisabeth Byrs tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigua that since the beginning of November her agency has distributed food assistance to 1.3 million people inside Syria.
20 December 2012
The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $1.5 billion to help save the lives of millions of Syrians suffering a "dramatically deteriorating" humanitarian situation. (..) The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) is reaching 1.5 million Syrians inside the country with food rations each month, but said it faces increasing constraints, including mounting insecurity and fuel shortages. "Food processing, milling, bakeries rely on fuel electricity to produce a bread product. And of course we are dealing with a largely urbanized population here, so naturally any interruption of that infrastructure is going to be cause for concern," said David Kaatrud, WFP director of emergencies.
19 December 2012
Syrians at home and abroad are pouring millions of dollars and other aid into their country in an effort to ease a growing humanitarian crisis that is straining relief agencies, opposition groups and neighboring states. (..) Aid agencies and others say hunger is reaching alarming proportions, as the armed rebellion spawned by the 21-month old uprising against the Assad regime presses deeper into government held-areas and the resulting conflict cuts more supply lines. The U.N. World Food Program warned this month that the deteriorating security situation meant aid groups were unable to reach 1 million people at risk of starvation.
19 December 2012
The UN's World Food Programme warned Tuesday that the spiralling violence in Syria was making it increasingly difficult to distribute food in the war-torn country. (..) "Food needs are growing in Syria," said WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs, whose organisation distributes most of its aid in Syria through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). (..) Fuel shortages have also impacted WFP's ability to distribute aid, it said, adding that there were not enough humanitarian partners on the ground to help deliver the aid. The WFP appeal came after UN aid chief Valerie Amos at the weekend asked the Syrian government to allow 10 additional aid organisations into the country.
18 December 2012
The UN's humanitarian chief has called on Syria to urgently allow fuel imports for aid deliveries and give access to 10 more aid agencies. Valerie Amos met government officials in the capital, Damascus, to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis. (..) More than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. In addition, more than 500,000 Syrians have fled their homes to neighbouring countries.
17 December 2012
Desperate food shortages are growing in parts of Syria and residents of the northern city of Aleppo say fist fights and dashes across the frontlines have become part of the daily struggle to secure a loaf of bread. (..) Valerie Amos said in Rome on Friday that the UN was committed to maintaining aid operations in Syria. (..) The World Food Programme says as many as a million Syrians may go hungry this winter, as worsening security conditions make it harder to reach conflict zones.
14 December 2012
After 21 months of war, at least two million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of thousands have fled abroad, where they live in dire conditions. But most are displaced inside Syria – camping in tents, sharing overcrowded rooms with relatives, renting private flats, or squatting in shivering school buildings. (..) The cardinal problem is bread – Syria's most important food staple. There is not enough to go round.
7 December 2012
The United Nations’ World Food Program warned this week that the escalating violence in Syria is causing food shortages throughout the country. Factories have been bombed. Roads and farm fields are pockmarked with deep craters left by missiles. (..) Some of the most acute food shortages are in northern Syria, where fighting has been intense since the summer.
- Food rations distributed to besieged Damascus areas Source: Global Post/ AFP
- U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid Source: The New York Times
- Harper offers new aid in Jordan, but sees no end to flow of Syrian refugees Source: The Globe and Mail
- Iran ready to help UN send aid to Syrian people Source: Press TV
- In pictures: In Syria, delivering relief among the chaos is a tall order Source: The Global and Mail
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