Syrian refugees in Jordan taking "drastic measures" to cope with aid cuts

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View over Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan housing over 80,000 Syrian Refugees, which will on 29 July 2015, mark three years since it was set up. Photo: UNHCR/C. Herwig

A reduction in humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan is forcing families to incur debt and even take their children out of school and send them to work, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP said these "drastic measures" are the result of cuts in food vouchers and other support to nearly half a million Syrian refugees who live outside of camps.

The agency needs $45 million to continue providing vital food aid to these people through the end of the year.

Dianne Penn reports.

WFP chief Ertharin Cousin has concluded a visit to Jordan where she called on the international community to do more to help Syrian refugees.

Ms Cousin met with a single mother of eight who is struggling to feed her children while also facing eviction.

She also heard from a group of boys who had to leave school so that they could earn money to feed their families.

Ms Cousin urged countries to continue to give to the UN agency so that it could support the refugees.

She also called for greater international support to Jordan.

Figures from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) show the country is hosting more than 600,000 Syrians who have fled the fighting in their homeland.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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