25 September 2012
The spike in the number of Syrians needing food, or money to buy food, has come as fighting has forced families to leave homes and jobs, with little hope of supporting themselves elsewhere. (..) In New York, the U.N.'s World Food Program warned that it is running short of funds to cover operations in Syria because of sharply growing needs. World Food Program chief Ertharin Cousin said the agency had raised $78 million, but needs $60 million more to cover its annual Syria budget.
25 September 2012
The number of Syrians needing food aid has shot upward five times in recent months as civil war rages across the country, the director of the United Nation’s food program on said Monday. From 250,000 people in April, those facing hunger has grown to 1.5 million, according to the most recent assessment of the U.N.’s World Food Program, agency director Ertharin Cousin said. (..) “If we don’t provide them with the food assistance that is required, they will go hungry,” Cousin said.
18 September 2012
The new international envoy tasked with ending the 18-month Syrian conflict has visited a refugee camp in Turkey. Lakhdar Brahimi, who recently ended a four-day visit to Syria, toured a camp in the border province of Hatay on Tuesday as dozens of Syrians staged a demonstration outside the camp denouncing Syrian President Bashar Assad.
12 September 2012
International relief officials reported an increasingly grim aid crisis stemming from the Syria conflict on Tuesday, with two million people there not getting desperately needed help, and a sudden acceleration of refugees overwhelming the ability of neighboring countries to absorb them.
4 September 2012
"Large numbers of Syrians continue to flee their homes to other parts of Syria - as well as to neighboring countries - where they have little means to support themselves and are in need of food assistance," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.
4 September 2012
Some 100,000 refugees fled Syria during August making it by far the highest monthly total since hostilities began, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. (..) The U.N.'s World Food Program spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters that her agency is scaling up operations to provide food urgently needed by 1.5 million people this month, mainly in areas where there has been fighting and people made at least temporarily homeless.
3 September 2012
In a joint appeal with the UN's refugee agency, Jordan said it now needs $700m (£440m) to deal with the crisis. Only a few days earlier, it asked for $400m. The request comes as fighting continues to rage across Syria, increasing the number of fleeing civilians.
17 August 2012
Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrhea disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) said that since the start of July, it had brought food rations for 100,000 people to Aleppo. "Despite difficulties and violence, we expect to reach an additional 25,000 there in coming days," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said, noting that WFP supplies are distributed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
2 August 2012
Over the next year, up to three million people are expected to be in need of food, crop and livestock assistance. (..) The UN says the economic losses are grave, but the humanitarian implications are far more pressing. (..) "The effects of these major losses are first, and most viciously, felt by the poorest in the country. Most of the vulnerable families the mission visited reported less income and more expenditure - their lives becoming more difficult by the day," said WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria Muhannad Hadi.
1 August 2012
A U.N. food agency is sending urgent food assistance to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where rebels have been battling government forces for nearly two weeks. The Rome-based World Food Program said Wednesday the food is for distribution to 28,000 people in the city following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity. The agency said "the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Aleppo" with heavy fighting already forcing some 200,000 people to flee the city.
- 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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