WFP Urges Increased Funding For Syrian Refugees In Jordan

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has voiced concern over the deteriorating conditions of Syrian refugees now residing in Jordan amid funding shortfalls.

Returning from a visit to Jordan Wednesday, after meeting with Syrian refugee families, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin urged the international donor community to ramp up financing for ongoing humanitarian efforts in the Middle Eastern country.

She warned that cuts in the value of voucher assistance, combined with reductions in support from other humanitarian agencies, have had a negative impact on the food security of the majority of refugees, forcing many to take drastic measures.

WFP's food voucher program for Syrian refugees in the Middle East is the largest in the world, and is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. Nearly 1.6 million Syrian refugees, spread across five countries in the region, are assisted through WFP food vouchers every month.

However, recent funding shortfalls have forced the UN agency to cut the level of assistance it provides to nearly half a million Syrian refugees living outside Jordanian refugee camps. Currently, the WFP requires an additional $45 million to continue providing vital food assistance to over half a million Syrians living in Jordan until the end of the year.

Cousin called upon the donor community to recognize the suffering of Syrian brothers and sisters and to continue to give generously so the UN agency can support desperate families until they can go home.

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