WFP assistance programme serving 1.5m war-affected Syrians

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Located in a windswept desert, the new Za’atri camp in northern Jordan can eventually host up to 113,000 refugees. Photo – A. McDonnell/UNHCR

A senior World Food Program (WFP) official said on Tuesday the agency provided food assistance to 1.5 million people in Syria in September, a massive increase from the original target of 50,000 people in December 2011.

Daly Belgasmi, WFP regional director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, told a press briefing that although WFP has access to everywhere in the conflict-affected country through local partners, the condition of security and access is worsening and getting “more and more challenging.”

He said the cost for food and commodity is increasing in the whole region and food security situation is worsening.

Belgasmi added that the cost and availability of fuel for cooking and heating in Syria might be an issue for winter.

WFP is considering improve the energy of its food basket, which consists of basic food commodities including cereals, oil, sugar, salt, dried and canned pasta, from 2,100 kilocalories per person and day in normal circumstances to 2,400 kilocalories for the winter season, he said.

Over 1.2 million people are displaced inside Syria and some 250,000 people have fled the country and became refugees in neighbouring countries. Many of them left their homes, lives and had to flee with their families with only the clothes that they were wearing.

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