WFP requires $19 million per week to feed Syrian refugeesListen /
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it may be forced to drastically scale down assistance provided to Syrian refugees unless additional funding is made available.
WFP says it will need to raise $81 million over the next three months to keep its food assistance operations inside Syria and in neighbouring countries going beyond June this year.
WFP says the refugee food voucher programmes in Lebanon and Jordan are likely to be halted as early as May due to lack of funds.
Elizabeth Byrs from WFP explains that the lack of a political solution to the crisis in Syria and the dwindling financial support to the emergency programme are limiting the ability of humanitarian organizations to respond adequately to the growing needs.
"Not meeting the food needs inside Syria will be a push factor creating more refugees and then it will be more expensive to meet their needs in the near future. Funds for the voucher programme in Jordan are only sufficient until mid may. After which if we do not get the funds we will have to reduce the voucher value and it would only be sufficient for two weeks instead of the current month and this will impact around 175,000 Syrian refugees living with the Jordanian community."
WFP is providing food assistance to over 2.5 million people inside Syria and more than one million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.