WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$185 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed the hungry in the fourth year of Syria’s protracted humanitarian crisis.
Of that amount, US$122 million will help Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and US$63 million will assist vulnerable people within Syria. This critical cash contribution will be used for food, cash-and-voucher and other programmes. The funds come from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“Now, more than ever, these funds are required to help the World Food Programme respond to a crisis that continues to devastate millions of lives and seems without end,” says Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director. “We applaud USAID for its steadfast commitment to ensuring that victims of this terrible conflict receive the essential food assistance they need.”
The Syrian crisis has demanded unprecedented resources from the donor community and from WFP, which requires US$35 million each week to feed those left hungry by the conflict.
In 2014, WFP is planning to assist over 2.5 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, and is working to reach more than 4 million people each month within Syria.
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