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U.N. Concerned Over Malnutrition In Syria; Ban Calls Situation ‘Heart-breaking’

Two articles report on the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit with Syrian refugees and concerns over malnutrition.

Reuters: U.N. feeds record 3.8 million in Syria but concerned by malnutrition
“The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) delivered rations to a record 3.8 million people in Syria in December, but civilians in eastern provinces and besieged towns near the capital remain out of reach, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The agency voiced concern at reports of malnutrition in besieged areas, especially of children caught up in the nearly three-year-old civil war, and called for greater access…” (Nebehay, 1/14).

U.N. News Centre: In show of solidarity, Ban, senior U.N. officials visit Syrian refugees in northern Iraq
“Visiting with Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called ‘heart-breaking’ what he saw in Kawrgosik camp, saying he was particularly saddened to see so many young children, women and vulnerable people suffering from ‘this man-made tragedy’…” (1/14).