Food assistance to Syrian refugees suspended

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A young Syrian refugee (UNifeed video capture)

A funding crisis is forcing the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) to suspend the provision of food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees.

Poor Syrian refugees benefited from the programme in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt have used vouchers to buy food in local shops.

Without vouchers, WFP warned that many families will go hungry.

The consequences of halting the assistance has been described as "disastrous" by WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, especially for refugees already struggling to survive the harsh winter.

She said the UN agency's emergency operations for Syria are now in critical need of funding, and many donor commitments remain unfulfilled.

WFP requires a total of US$64 million immediately to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries during the month of December.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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