WFP Deputy Chief sees plight of displaced families in Syria

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Food distribution to Syrian families In Tartous (Copyright: WFP/Maha Khatib)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla on Thursday wrapped up a two-day visit to Syria to oversee the agency's plans to scale up operations to feed three million people in July and see first-hand the plight of families fleeing from the fighting.

Abdulla, who's also the agency's Chief Operating Officer visited areas outside Damascus and spent time talking to Syrians receiving their monthly WFP food basket at a Syrian Arab Red Crescent food distribution point in Al-Kisweh, 15 kilometres south of the capital.

Abdulla says "This is an agonising time for Syrians, with millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance", adding that "In spite of significant logistical and security challenges — especially in conflict zones — WFP is doing all it can to reach these vulnerable people".

Abdulla held meetings with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Social Affairs, as well as with WFP's main partner in Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), to enable WFP to reach more people in coming months.

He also visited a WFP logistics and packaging facility in Adliyeh on the outskirts of Damascus where he saw bulk food commodities being packaged into boxes ready to deliver to families. WFP introduced the packaging of food items to meet the needs and in order to minimize the exposure time for staff and people during distributions.

WFP is currently feeding around 2.5 million people inside Syria and more than one million refugees in neighbouring countries.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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