WFP Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees Because Of Funding Shortfall, U.N. Says

Associated Press: Food aid to Syrian refugees cut in half amid funding crisis
“The World Food Programme said Wednesday it had to cut food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in half because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan…” (7/1).

Reuters: Short of cash, U.N. cuts Syria refugees’ rations again
“… ‘Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, we are forced yet again to make yet more cuts,’ Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, said in a statement. ‘Refugees were already struggling to cope with what little we could provide’…” (Miles, 7/1).

U.N. News Centre: Funding shortfall forces U.N. agency to make cuts in food aid to Syrian refugees
“…According to a press release issued earlier [Wednesday], the World Food Programme’s (WFP) regional refugee operation remains 81 percent underfunded and requires an immediate injection of $139 million in order to continue helping ‘desperate’ refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq until the end of the summer…” (7/1).

Washington Post: U.N. slashes food aid to Syrian refugees
“…The cut is the second in eight months and comes as the spiraling needs of Syrians who fled the war as many as four years ago outpace the money donated to help them…” (Sly, 7/1).

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