Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Struggle to Fight Hunger as WFP Food Vouchers are Reduced (For the Media)
BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin concluded a visit to Jordan and Lebanon on Thursday by calling upon the international community to continue support Syrian refugees displaced in neighbouring countries and appealing to the world not to forget this crisis.
Major funding shortfalls forced the agency to cut food assistance by up to fifty percent. During her four-day visit, Cousin met with Syrian refugees and government officials, bringing attention to the plight of millions facing extreme hardship as a result of these cuts.
Since the beginning of the year, WFP has faced critical funding shortages that forced it to reduce the level of the assistance it provides to some 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.