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18 February 2016

Breakthrough in Humanitarian Access as WFP Delivers Life-Saving Food to Five Besieged Towns in Syria (For the Media)

The United Nations World Food Programme delivered desperately-needed food for over 80,000 people who have been stranded in five besieged Syrian towns, in a series of UN interagency convoys that took place throughout the night and were completed this morning. The humanitarian team on the ground witnessed people in Moadamiyeh looking thin and haggard and children looking small for their age. Moadamiyeh has been inaccessible for over a year and a half. Civilians in the besieged area have been living off grass and limited supplies of rice, which sells at prices up to fifty times higher than in Damascus, which is only a few kilometres away. Across Syria, WFP continues to provide food to more than 4 million people every month and remains concerned about the humanitarian suffering of all Syrians living in hard-to-reach areas across the country. 

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Syrian Arab Republic Emergencies Food Security Supply Chain Video for the Media
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