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Japan’s Contributions Help WFP Provide Emergency Food Assistance To Syrians In Need

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a fresh contribution package totalling US$4.9 million from the Government of Japan towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting more than 800,000 conflict-affected Syrians, including internally displaced persons and refugees.

With these substantial funds from Japan, WFP has been able to provide life-saving food assistance to over half a million Syrians who have been displaced across all 14 governorates of Syria as well as almost 300,000 refugees seeking shelter in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
“Thanks to the continued generosity of the Government of Japan, WFP has been able to respond to the urgent needs of Syrians, both inside the country and to refugees across the region,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for Syria and the Neighbouring Countries. “WFP values its longstanding relationship with the people and Government Japan who have continued to support the people of Syria since the onset of the crisis in 2011.”

To date, Japan has contributed over US$15.2 million to WFP’s programme assisting Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries, mainly through food vouchers.  Almost US$2.4 million has been allocated to purchase food rations that are distributed every month to displaced persons inside Syria.

The Syria response is WFP’s largest and most complex emergency worldwide. WFP needs to raise US$30 million each week to meet the food needs of people affected by the Syrian conflict. This would not be possible without the commitment and support of valuable donors such as  the Government of Japan.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Last year, WFP reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600 Mob. +2 010 666 34352
Reem Nada, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2610, Mob. +2 010 666 34522
Yuko Yasuda, WFP/Tokyo, Mob. Tel. +81 3 5766 5364, Mob.+ 81 90 9844 9990