China gives $2 Million to WFP Syria's emergency food aid programme

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Aya (right) walks home along a dusty road in Dalhamiyeh with her sister Labiba. They live in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. UNHCR/S. Baldwin

People in Syria affected by the conflict will be getting life-saving food assistance following China's recent contribution of $2 million towards the World Food Programme's (WFP) emergency food assistance programme.

The programme currently supports four million conflict-affected people inside Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

China's contribution will enable WFP to purchase 2,000 tons of bulgur wheat, vegetable oil and rice, which will be included in WFP food rations, the agency announced on Wednesday.

The food will be delivered to 1.2 million internally displaced Syrians, fulfilling their food needs for a period of one month.

One of the biggest challenges the agency faces, its Country Director in Syria said, is raising sufficient funds to purchase the food in advance.

Matthew Hollingworth said WFP was "extremely grateful for China's generous contribution".

The Syria response is WFP's largest and most complex emergency worldwide. WFP needs to raise US$30 million each week to meet the food needs of people affected by the Syrian conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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