New Year challenges for Syrian refugees

What does a ‘happy new year’ mean for a Syrian refugee?  Most dream of returning to their homes without fear, but for now most are grateful to simply have food, shelter and warm clothes in the average 4°C January temperatures.

The Syrian conflict remains the largest humanitarian, peace and security crisis facing the world today. Amid the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Aleppo, Global Development Group project J807N ‘Syria Emergency Relief Project’ in partnership with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), is providing hot meals, bread, and food rations to thousands of Syrians affected by the brutal conflict.

More than 20,000 people displaced by the fighting in east Aleppo are receiving hot meals and fresh bread every day, and WFP has mobilized food stocks to meet the food needs of up to 150,000 people. So far, 14,000 displaced people and returnees have received family food rations and ready-to-eat parcels in various parts of Aleppo city and its surroundings. Bread is also being provided, as nearly all bakeries inside east Aleppo have been destroyed due to constant bombardment and airstrikes.

“For months, the world has watched as the cruelty of war has descended upon the people of Aleppo,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “As Aleppo and its people have suffered, so has our collective humanity. All Syrians—no matter where they are—deserve nothing less than food, shelter and safety from the continuing conflict.”

Many of those that the project has assisted are in a desperate state. In many cases, people have lost homes, their livelihoods, family members and friends.

Beyond Aleppo, WFP is supporting more than four million Syrians affected by the conflict. There are nearly one million people residing in areas that remain besieged that WFP cannot reach on a regular basis.

Global Development Group is proud to partner with WFP in project J807N. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

A donation of $50 to the above project is enough to provide a child with a three-month food supply and nutrition to survive the harsh winter. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the following link:

Donate to J807N

Most of the content for this post has been provided by the United Nations World Food Program.