20 June is World Refugee Day. In Malawi, WFP’s monthly distributions cover about 90 percent of food consumed by refugees. Without new contributions, WFP faces critical shortfalls that will aggravate the already fragile food security situation of Dzaleka camp.
At the age of 15 Paula (not her real name) escaped the violence in Colombia and moved to the Province of Esmeraldas in Ecuador, in the hope of a better life. But, after a few years of living in Ecuador, she had to escape violence once again, this time from her boyfriend’s abuse.
WFP has been providing food assistance at Dzaleka Refugee Camp – Malawi’s primary official location for refugees – for over two decades. The camp now hosts more than 26,000 people, most of whom are from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions. Recently, unrest in neighbouring Mozambique has resulted in an influx of people – more than 7,000 – seeking refuge in Malawi. WFP is also providing food assistance to this vulnerable group.
WFP’s monthly distributions - of maize, pulses, fortified vegetable oil and fortified,blended food - make up around 90 percent of food consumed by refugees. WFP’s food assistance plays a crucial role in meeting the basic food needs of refugees and helping prevent malnutrition.
To continue providing food assistance, WFP urgently requires US$8.4 million through May 2017. Without new contributions, food stocks will entirely be depleted by the end of November 2016.
The holy month of Ramadan is when families come together around one table at the same time every day for 30 days. But for many Syrians, Ramadan is not the big feast it used to be; it is a reminder of what they lost, what they long for and what they hope they will one day have again. In Zaatari Camp, where about 80,000 people live, big family gatherings around the “Iftar” table as they break the day-long fast is now a distant memory.
WFP is providing food assistance to more than half a million Syrians in Jordan through its innovative e-voucher (or e-cards) programme.
As we remember refugees around the globe on World Refugee Day on Monday 20 June, we remember the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have left behind a whole life and family member they do not know when or if they will ever see again.
“There needs to be a serious conversation on engaging with local faith-based groups.”
Welcome to FamilyChef, the recipe series of the World Food Programme (WFP). Explore the culinary treasures of refugees who take part in WFP's cash and vouchers programmes, initiatives that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.
"The sun that scorched other people's fields because of El Niño is the same sun that has changed our lives" - Dominique Dingane.
It is important that staff maintain healthy, nutritious eating habits when observing Ramadan. Muslims worldwide are observing Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, as a month of fasting.
"We sow, and if the rains don’t come, the insurance allows us to still feed our children" – Aissata, a farmer in Medina Diakha, Senegal.
For two days, major players in the humanitarian community gathered at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the current state of international aid and to call for change. It didn’t receive much attention, but a major focus of the summit was the involvement of youth in humanitarian responses. While many countries sent youth delegates and the summit featured a separate youth forum, No Lost Generation at The George Washington University was the only student-run organization invited to share our work as part of an exhibition fair at the summit. I traveled to Istanbul with six other GW students to participate.