Syria: After 8 years of war 82,000 children under 5 now face chronic malnutrition

Un Wael lives with her seven children in a shelter outside Damascus. The toughest part is seeing her starving children crave food she simply cannot provide. “My children longed for fruit that we were unable to buy for them,” she says. With bread being the only food available, her children became severely malnourished. Thankfully, World Food Programme (WFP)  reached her family in time and is now providing them with the nutritious food they need to survive. But we couldn’t reach families like Un Wael’s without your support.

The threat of hunger is always there.

This week marks eight years since the start of the war in Syria. For many Syrian mothers like Un Wael, each day is another 24 hours of uncertainty, wondering when they can start rebuilding their lives and when the threat of hunger and malnutrition will stop. 

You can help us stop the threat of malnutrition

There is finally some hope that the conflict will come to an end – but the need for food hasn’t changed. Millions of Syrians still depend on WFP to survive, including 82,000 children aged between 6 months and 5 years who are suffering from chronic malnutrition. Now is not the time to turn our backs on Syrian children and families.

After eight long years, Syrians have lost and lived through more than any human should. Your donation is a lifeline. As little as $15 will save a child from falling into malnutrition this month.

Throughout this crisis, WFP has been helping stave off hunger and malnutrition, providing predictable sources of food for dispossessed families. In a country where 6.5 million people are food-insecure and eight out of 10 Syrians live in extreme poverty, WFP food assistance, school feeding and livelihoods projects help build the basis for a better future. 

Global Development Group partners with World Food Programme (WFP) in J807N ‘Syria Emergency Relief Project’, providing most needed assistance to people in need like Un Wael and her children.


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Photo Credit: WFP/Marwa Awad