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30 October 2012

Artillery shelling, water outages and food shortages, rather than presents and sweets, greeted many Syrians on the most important Muslim holiday of the year. "There is no Eid here. What are you even talking about? How can you have Eid amid shelling? May God watch over us. We have rockets falling over us. The situation is horrific. Eid has no meaning for us," Abu Fouz, a 48-year-old resident of Aleppo, told CNN. (…)The World Food Programme says that up to 3 million people are expected to be in need of food over the coming year and in areas of ongoing armed conflict, civilians lack basic needs such as electricity, water and food supplies.


24 October 2012

The World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday it plans to continue providing food for 1.5 million people in Syria until at least June next year, a sign it expects hunger to persist in a protracted civil war. The United Nations agency set the target of 1.5 million months ago and finally reached it in September, after managing to deliver food supplies to just 850,000 people in August. "It is a record amount," Daly Belgasmi, WFP regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, told Reuters in Geneva.


27 September 2012

Escalating violence in Syria and limited access to civilians in need hinder the distribution of humanitarian aid in the country, the European Union's crisis chief said on Wednesday. (..) "To do more, we need more access in Syria," EU humanitarian affairs commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said after talks on the issue with heads of U.N. and other international aid agencies at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.


27 September 2012

"We are running against time with winter coming," said Edward Kallon of the World Food Programme (WFP), the U.N. agency which aims to provide hot meals or other rations to nearly 200,000 Syrian refugees this month and roughly double that by year-end.


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.