SYRIA / FOOD ASSISTANCE

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World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the safety of civilians caught up in the violence as military operations continue across northeastern Syria, around the towns of Ras al-Ayn in Hasakeh and Tell Abyad in Raqqa. WFP

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DATELINE: 13-15 OCTOBER 2019, HASAKEH, SYRIA / ROME, ITALY

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13 OCTOBER 2019, HASAKEH, SYRIA

1. Various shots, displaced people outside a school converted into shelter
2. Wide shot, Khadijah pushes with her son Mustafa in a wheelchair
3. Close up, Mustafa’s hands holding medicine
4. Med shot, Mustafa taking meds, Khadijah gives him water
5. SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Khadijah Mohammad, Um Ismail, displaced Syrian:
“The road took around 4 hours. We were walking and it was a long distance. It was very tiring. Pushing Mustafa’s chair until we arrived. The wheelchair was nearly broken when we arrived.”
6. Wide shot, Khadijah sitting in hallway
7. Med shot, Khadijah sitting in hallway
8. Various shots, displaced in shelter
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Thalja Modhi, Displaced from Ras al Ain:
“We need everything. We need food, the children need food. We are 15 people and my grandchildren are orphans.”
10. Various shots, men unloading and storing supplies from WFP truck

15 OCTOBER 2019, ROME, ITALY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Van Der Velden, Director of Emergencies, WFP:
“What we have been facing for the last few days is movement of people because of the violence. Around 160,000 people have been displaced. WFP has been able to reach 83,000 of them. Most of them are living with host families some in shelters and we are doing all we can to reach the remaining groups of people who have been displaced because of the violence.”

13 OCTOBER 2019, HASAKEH, SYRIA

12. Various shots, food distribution to newly displaced people
13. Med shot, woman cooking at the shelter.

STORYLINE:

World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the safety of civilians caught up in the violence as military operations continue across northeastern Syria, around the towns of Ras al-Ayn in Hasakeh and Tell Abyad in Raqqa.

There are an estimated 160,000 people on the move, seeking shelter in Hasakeh and Raqqa cities. Many people choose to stay with family and friends rather than in collective shelters, so that figure could be higher.

Khadijah Mohammad - Um Ismail, a widow was just finishing preparing a meal for her family when explosions began. She was forced to flee without any belongings on foot, pushing the wheelchair of her son Mustafa. The only thing on her mind was that she wanted to get him to safety.

SOUNDBITE (Kurdish) Khadijah Mohammad, Um Ismail, displaced Syrian:
“The road took around 4 hours. We were walking and it was a long distance. It was very tiring. Pushing Mustafa’s chair until we arrived. The wheelchair was nearly broken when we arrived.”

WFP has so far provided immediate food assistance to more than 83,000 people fleeing towns in northeast Syria.

The agency has dispatched enough food assistance to support 130,000 people and is providing supporting newly-displaced families staying in shelters with ready-to-eat food while those staying with host families receive a regular food package. New collective shelters are being opened rapidly, and WFP through its cooperating partners is working to identify and assess the needs of people there.

Hostilities threaten the movement of humanitarian and commercial supplies that can negatively affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are gearing up to support up to 400,000 people who may require assistance and protection as a result of this conflict.
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