Crisis in Syria Demands Further Action

J807N Syria Emergency Relief Project

Syria was hit by the wave of civil unrest known as the ‘Arab Spring’ in mid-March 2011 and the security situation has since deteriorated and intensified.  The conflict in Syria continues to impact the humanitarian situation resulting in significant humanitarian needs.  For refugees struggling to survive the consequences are devastating.

Even in places where Syrians are trying to survive in their own towns, access to basic needs including food, water, electricity and medical supplies has been interrupted in areas witnessing armed activities. A growing number of main breadwinners have become unemployed and soaring food and fuel prices across the country have also exacerbated the situation.

In response, this GDG project in partnership with World Food Program (WFP), aims to save lives, avert hunger and improve food and nutrition security. Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, WFP has succeeded, despite fighting and problems of access, in meeting the food needs of millions of displaced people inside Syria and up to 1.7 million refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Ongoing assistance in this region is desperately needed.

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.  In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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