WFP calls for more support for Syrian refugees

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin with a Syrian refugee child. Photo: WFP/Dina Elkassaby

The international community has been urged not to forget the Syrian crisis which has displaced millions of people to neighbouring countries.

Ertharin Cousin, head of the World Food Programme (WFP) made the appeal on Thursday at the end of a four-day visit to the region.

WFP supports 1.5 million Syrian refugees in five countries but has had to cut food assistance by nearly half due to funding shortfalls.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ms Cousin met with Syrian refugees and government officials in Jordan and Lebanon to draw attention to her agency's financial crisis.

The World Food Programme (WFP) needs US$163 million to continue supporting Syrians in these two countries—as well as in Egypt, Turkey and Iraq—over the next few months.

Ms Cousin said WFP assistance provides stability to these displaced people.

"Until they can go home, and go back to school, and go to back to work, we must help provide the assistance that is required so that no child is lost and everyone has the ability to provide the food for their family that they need to continue to dream that tomorrow is going to be better than today."

The WFP chief called on countries to continue to help Syrian refugees.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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