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European Union helps WFP support conflict-affected families in Syria

DAMASCUS – Contributions from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have played a major role in providing emergency assistance to conflict-affected families in Syria, says the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

“We thank the European Union for supporting WFP’s efforts in 2018 to assist families affected by the conflict inside Syria,” said WFP Country Director and Representative Corinne Fleischer. “Their contributions allowed us to provide food to the most critically affected Syrians last year.”

The EU, one of WFP’s top five donors in Syria, contributed US$12 million in 2018 toward food assistance programmes in 2018. This helped WFP reach more than four million people in all of Syria’s 14 governorates every month.

Each month, vulnerable families received food rations for five people – these contained rice, lentils, bulgur wheat, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in addition to bread baked in local bakeries using WFP wheat flour. During emergencies and population displacements, families received ready-to-eat food packages consisting of canned food.

WFP supports the food needs of three million conflict-affected people in Syria every month, while also investing in livelihoods and education programmes for families who have been able to return to their towns and villages.

Continued support from donors like the EU remains vital for millions of families as well as for stability and security in Syria.


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For more information please contact (email address:

Marwa Awad, WFP/Damascus, Mob. +963 958 882 900

Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +2 01015218882

Aneta Szczyglowska, WFP/Brussels, Mob. +32 491395420