WFP starts school feeding for Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Iraq

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Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker

More than 10,500 Syrian children attending schools in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq are to benefit from a school feeding project launched by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The project aims at boosting nutrition and encouraging children to attend school.

In Jordan, more than 6,000 children are receiving a mid-day nutritious snack in the two UNICEF-run schools in Zaatari refugee camp.

In Iraq over 4,500 children are benefiting from a school feeding programme.

Elizabeth Byrs from WFP says the aid agency plans to increase its school feeding programme to reach 30,000 Syrian children in Zaatari refugee camp and 6,000 children in refugee camps in Iraq.

"We are witnessing that some children don’t go to school and we use this school feeding programme to provide them with, of course,  vital nutrition, but to encourage them to stay in school  otherwise we will have a lost generation. These children need to be kept in school to focus their attention on their lessons and sometimes to forget the drama that they have witnessed."

The World Food Programme however says it will require an additional 780,000 US dollars to continue with the school feeding project in Jordan and Iraq until the end of the year.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio Geneva.

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