UN food agency needs more funds to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Syrian refugee children carrying WFP food supplies

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it is doing all it can to continue providing food aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon despite a shortfall in funding.

WFP says it requires up to $133 million from September to the end of the year but the operation has a shortfall of $127 million.

The agency says it needs to raise $30 million a week to meet the needs of people affected by the Syrian crisis.

WFP Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says the agency is assisting refugees with food vouchers.

"In August, provided assistance to more than 550,000 Syrian refugees. Since the beginning of the year, WFP has increased its food assistance in Lebanon by four times. By the end of August, WFP has injected an estimated $68 million into the local Lebanese economy through its voucher programme." (26")

Elisabeth Byrs says her agency is so far delivering assistance to Syrian refugees and is calling on the donor community to contribute funds to its operation  in Lebanon.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration:  1’22″

 

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