14 May 2014
As the Syrian conflict rages on, disappearances of family members has become a reality for thousands of people. Forty-two year-old Abu Hassan, who fled the violence in his rural home-town Al-Nashabeah, east of Damascus, and headed to the nearby town of Saboura, is still searching for his sister and her husband who went missing more than 18 months ago.
30 April 2014
The Syrian crisis has claimed many lives; displaced hundreds of thousands and tore families apart. In most cases families were on the run to save their young ones; leaving everything behind to keep their children safe and alive. But in some cases children could not be saved. Um Mustafa is a Syrian mother who has lost her two eldest sons to the unknown; their whereabouts and their fate remain unknown to this day.
14 April 2014
The ongoing conflict is making it almost impossible for Syrians to access food and now a looming drought threatens to put the lives of millions more at risk.
24 March 2014
There are people forced to gather leaves, roots and grass in a bid to quell their children’s hunger, says WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator Muhannad Hadi as he reflects on the humanitarian impact of the Syrian crisis. This personal view of the crisis, built up while overseeing WFP’s emergency operations, comes as the conflict moves into its fourth year.
28 February 2014
The continuing crisis in Syria has left countless people homeless and jobless. As the conflict grinds on, many families move from one place to another, seeking safety and a way to support themselves. Aziz’s family, which is from Aleppo, has migrated across Syria, then into Iraq and then back again to Syria.
13 February 2014
Simon Hacker, a Canadian national, works as a Logistics Officer for WFP in Syria. Based in Damascus, Simon is responsible for dispatching emergency food supplies for 150,000 people per day throughout the war-torn country. Here, in his diary, Simon describes a typical day in his life as he and his team attempt to proovide food assistance for 4 million Syrians each month.
23 January 2014
Thousands of Syrians continue to move from one place to another seeking nothing but safety for themselves and their loved ones. Many of them are left homeless, jobless and in fear of losing even their hope for a peaceful future. Amal is a mother of two who found herself on the run for the second time but this time without her husband whom she was separated from in Adra Al Omaleya that had been their home for the past 18 months.
14 January 2014
Rasmus Egendal is WFP Syria Deputy Regional Emergency Coordinator. Here, he reflects on the enduring mission and values that motivate his humanitarian work.
19 December 2013
When conflict spread to the northern Syrian province of Aleppo last winter, it destroyed almost everything in its path -- including the rural town where Zakiya’s home once stood. Zakiya has been on the move ever since, constantly running from a conflict that keeps finding her. Early this month she had to move again.
16 December 2013
DAMASCUS – WFP is expanding its emergency operation to provide food assistance to over 7 million Syrians who have fled the conflict and are now displaced inside their country or living in neighbouring countries. Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is food insecure and close to 6.3 million people urgently need food assistance.
- U.N. Food Agency to Resume Aid to Syrians After Donors Step Up Source: New York Times
- WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mln Syrian refugees Source: Reuters
- Gunfire Forces UN Agency To Suspend Food Delivery To Beseiged Palestinian Refugees In Syria Source: Shanghai Daily/ Xinhua
- Aleppo School Bombing Condemned By U.N. Source: Al Jazeera
- Diplomatic Efforts On Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say Source: New York Times