Hunger in the news

31 May 2013

Laure Chadraoui, the WFP spokesperson in Jordan, says: “Thanks to the support of many donors including the UAE, we were able to provide food assistance to Syrian refugees.”

31 May 2013

The deputy head of the United Nations food relief programme today wrapped up his visit to Syria where the agency and its main partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, are scaling up operations to feed three million people in July. “This is an agonizing time for Syrians, with millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” said UN World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Amir Abdulla said in Damascus. (..) During his two-day visit, Mr. Abdulla spoke with Syrians receiving their monthly WFP food basket at a Syrian Arab Red Crescent food distribution point in Al-Kisweh, 15 kilometres south of the capital.

29 May 2013

The United Nations refugee agency today called on countries around Syria to keep their borders open for refugees, while also stressing the need for “urgent and robust” international support for host countries and aid agencies. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it assisted 1,000 families displaced from Al-Qusayr this week with food rations for one month, including rice, sugar, vegetable oil and lentils. Those families had reached the town of Hesieh at night on foot with only the clothes on their backs. They were sheltering in two schools, tents or with local families. “These people have been under siege inside Al-Qusayr for months and this is the first time WFP has been able to reach them,” spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters.

20 May 2013

The UN estimates that there are now almost 7 million Syrians who, like Raja, depend on humanitarian assistance to survive. (..) A multitude of small NGOs, like the Jana Foundation—the organisation that provides food for Raja and her family—and larger organisations such as the World Food Program (WFP) are desperately trying to reach all the people in Syria who need their help.

17 May 2013

The Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila is perilously wedged along one of Lebanon's many sectarian fault lines. (..) Although Shatila was founded as a Palestinian refugee camp, many non-Palestinians now live there as well.

15 May 2013

Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said that the mission monitored the distribution of an inter-agency food convoy that left on 8 May, consisting of nine trucks of food, hygiene items and water supplies sufficient for 25,000 people. (..) It was a region that normally lived on agriculture and cattle-farming but its economic cycle had been interrupted. There was no harvesting, many cattle had been lost, and because of the high prices of petrol and gas, people were using animal faeces for heating.

14 May 2013

As the conflict in Syria drags on, more and more people are becoming displaced and the United Nations is having increasing difficulty in providing all of them with the aid they need to get by. (..) "We are being hindered in some areas of the country simply because we can't move around easily. (..) The other key challenge we have is funding," says WFP Deputy Country Director Kate Newton

30 April 2013

Aid workers in Syria are struggling to navigate a lawless archipelago of armed groups to get food to Syrians trapped in a fast-intensifying civil war, the head of the World Food Programme's Syria operation says. (..) Matthew Hollingworth said in an interview last week that WFP is trying to feed 2.5 million people every month inside Syria - a tenth of the population - and a million outside, in a conflict that has left 70,000 dead. (..) "We are trying to keep up with the enormity of the crisis and the impact of the brutality," he said.

22 April 2013

Seven million Syrians now need humanitarian assistance, according to an estimate from the United Nations. (..) This week, the head of the UN World Food Programme in Syria, which feeds 2.5 million people every month, told me about a trip he has just done from Damascus to Aleppo. He said they went through 50 checkpoints on the road between Syria's two biggest cities.

22 April 2013

The United States has delivered to the World Food Program enough wheat to feed more than a million Syrians for four months, the U.N. agency said in a statement on Sunday. (..) "We are very grateful for this timely contribution from the United States, which will allow us to supplement our food rations with wheat flour, especially in the areas where families are struggling to get their hands on bread, a staple part of their diet," said the WFP coordinator for Syria, Muhannad Hadi.