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Senior Regional Public Information Officer - Cairo
A former journalist, Abeer is based in Cairo as WFP's Senior Regional Public Information Officer for the Middle East.
The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg walked through rows of prefabricated container houses and tents in Nizip camp by the Euphrates River in southeast Turkey. There, she witnessed a day in the life of tens of thousands of Syrians who had to flee their homes searching for safety in neighbouring countries.
Luxembourg's Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is contributing 250,000 Euros (around US$336,000) to support WFP in providing food to Syrian refugees in Turkey. WFP provides food assistance to over 116,000 people every month in 14 out of the 23 camps hosting Syrian refugees in northeast Turkey.
“I hope that you will all return home to your families and loved ones soon but you need to stay strong for yourselves and your families until this time comes,” Her Royal Highness told Syrian women she met at the camp.
The Grand Duchess visited the camp’s supermarket where she saw WFP’s innovative e-card project and spoke to Syrians shopping for their daily food needs. E-cards assistance allows Syrian families to shop at local stores for the food they need and prefer. While giving a boost to the local economy, e-cards also gives beneficiaries the choice of having fresh produce and dairy products that are not normally included in conventional food baskets.
WFP teams in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are mainly using food vouchers and food e-cards to respond to the needs of vulnerable Syrians. WFP provides its assistance through e-cards and vouchers in areas where food is available in the market but people cannot afford it.
Her Royal Highness also spent time speaking to children in the camp schools and visited with two families to hear more about their daily lives in refuge. She complemented the efforts of the Turkish Government in hosting Syrians fleeing violence in their country and keeping an open border policy.
More than half a million Syrians have been registered by the Turkish Government – over 200,000 in camps and the rest living with the community.