News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

14 March 2018

Seven years on, Syria still suffers

DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost. 

Responding to Emergencies
5 March 2018

WFP reaches Eastern Ghouta with desperately needed food amid crippling siege

DAMASCUS – For the first time in four months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian partners today reached Douma, in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital.  Eastern Ghouta has endured tremendous suffering, with over 400,000 people there experiencing severe shortages of food, fuel, medicines and drinking water. 

28 December 2017

European Commission Provides Vital Support For WFP Food Assistance In Syria

DAMASCUS – This year, the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) contributed US$22.8 million for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide life-saving food assistance for families across Syria.

14 December 2017

Kuwait Supports WFP Food Assistance To Syrians In Urgent Need

KUWAIT CITY – The Government of Kuwait has announced a US$5 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrians affected by the unabating conflict.
20 November 2017

HNA Group Launches Global Partnership With The World Food Programme To Support Syrians In Need

BEIJING – A US$5 million global partnership to provide life-saving food assistance to Syrians in need has been announced by HNA Group and the World Food Programme (WFP). The contribution from the Chinese conglomerate will enable WFP to support vulnerable Syrians in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan over a three-year period.
31 October 2017

WFP reaches families trapped in Eastern Ghouta with food and nutritional aid

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered last night urgently needed food assistance to support tens of thousands of Syrians living in extremely difficult conditions in Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

26 October 2017

WFP Appeals For Access To Besieged Syrian Enclave Amid Reports Of Severe Hunger

ROME -  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about media reports emerging from Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area not far from the Syrian capital. These reports signal extreme cases of hunger and malnutrition among conflict-affected families.

17 October 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches 1 Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – A groundbreaking programme to support refugees in Turkey is providing monthly cash assistance to vulnerable families at an unprecedented scale. Just a year after its launch, the European Union-funded programme is reaching 1 million refugees, most of them from war-torn Syria.

17 September 2017

WFP Halts Airdrops To Syria’s Deir Ezzor City As Land Corridor Opens

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached formerly besieged parts of Deir Ezzor City in northeast Syria by land for the first time since May 2014. For the past year and a half, vital food and humanitarian supplies could only be delivered to trapped families in the besieged city via costly high-altitude airdrops.

18 July 2017

Good Rains Bring Some Hope For War-Torn Syrians

ROME / DAMASCUS – Food security in parts of Syria is slightly better than the same time last year due to an improved security situation and enhanced access to humanitarian assistance, but the overall situation remains far worse than before the war, two UN agencies warned today.


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