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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.

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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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12 July 2017

WFP Scales Up Food Delivery In Syria To Raqqa Governorate Through New Land Access

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached two new locations in Raqqa governorate with food assistance, using a newly opened land route that has allowed access for the first time in three years to Mansoura and other rural areas north of Raqqa city.

6 July 2017

Mastercard And The World Food Programme Announce 100 Million Meals Commitment

HAMBURG – At the Global Citizen Festival Hamburg, Mastercard and the World Food Programme (WFP) will announce a new commitment in their continued vision to reverse the cycle of hunger and poverty. Connecting Mastercard’s expertise in technology and digital innovation with WFP’s work providing vital food assistance and resilience-building programmes to vulnerable communities. 100 Million Meals is a truly global initiative designed to raise significant funds and “meals” for those in need around the world.

22 June 2017

Breakthrough As WFP Food Convoy Reaches Besieged Syrian Town

DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.

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