Middle East: A Region in Emergency

The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a desperate situation in the Middle East where conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have left millions of people in need of food assistance. In order to meet the needs of those affected, WFP fights to overcome funding shortages and security challenges in one of the world's most dangerous regions.

Syria

The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. Fighting continues, leaving more people destitute and in need of WFP's assistance, funding is running out. With operations on a weakened capacity, WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of millions of displaced Syrians.

Read more by visiting the Syria Emergency page.

Key numbers

  • 12.2 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance
  • 7.6 million people internally displaced
  • 4.2 million people registered as refugees in neighbouring countries

Latest Pictures

Photos by WFP/ Hussam Al Saleh and WFP/Abeer Etefa

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Syrian emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Syrian emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Syrian emergency

Yemen

In Yemen, millions of people are being cut off from food, water, electricity and other basic needs in a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. Severe fuel shortages are expected to push people into hunger. Initial findings show that southern Yemen will have the highest number of food insecure people in the country. Yemen also has one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. Around half of all children under five are stunted; too short for their age as a result of malnutrition.

Learn more by visiting the Yemen emergency page.

Key numbers

  • 6.1 million people severely food insecure
  • 6.6 million people reached with WFP’s emergency food assistance
  • 2.3 million newly internally displaced persons (OCHA)

Latest Pictures

Photos by WFP/Barry Came and WFP/Ammar Bamatraf

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Yemen emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Yemen emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Yemen emergency

Iraq

More than three million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq since mid – June of 2014. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. WFP has provided food assistance through food rations or vouchers to more than 1.5 million internally displaced people each month 2015 – overcoming immense security challenges to reach both those living inside and outside camps.

For more information visit the Iraq emergency page.

Key numbers

  • 8.2 million people in need of humanitarian aid (Humanitarian Response Plan [HRP])
  • 3.2 million people displaced (IOM)
  • 247.000 Syrian Refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)

Latest Pictures

Photos by WFP/Mohammed Al Bahbahani

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Iraq emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Iraq emergency

The World Food Programme provides food assistance during Iraq emergency