WFP SENDS FOOD AID TO AL-QUSAYR AND FURTHER UPSCALES ITS EMERGENCY OPERATION FOR SYRIANS
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Al-Shadadi district in Al-Hassakeh, northeast Syria, 30 January 2013
Displaced Syrians in Al-Shadadi district in Al-Hassakeh, northeast Syria, wait for WFP food trucks that bring them their monthly food rations. Al-Shadadi, which has been under the opposition’s control for many months now, houses tens of thousands of internally displaced Syrians from neighbouring governorates.
The WFP food box includes rice, bulgur, pasta, vegetable oil, lentils, salt, sugar and canned pulses.
WFP started its emergency operations in Syria in August 2011 and has since distributed over 83,000 metric tons of food to millions of Syrians in over 400 different locations across the country using 5,000 trucks and 55 ships.
Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa
Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, 12 March 2013
Ten years after Iraqi refugees fled to Syria to escape the fighting in their country, Syrian refugees have come to the Domiz camp in Iraq in search of food and safety.
WFP is currently assisting some 30,000 Syrian refugees who live in this camp, which continues to swell with new arrivals as the fighting in Syria continues.
Assistance at the Domiz camp has come in the form of food vouchers, which Syrian families can use to buy fresh meat and vegetables at local shops.
The food voucher programme gives refugees the freedom to buy the foods they want, while providing a much needed boost to the local economy in Iraq.
By allowing families to do their own shopping and cooking, the food voucher programme gives families a sense of normality as they wait to return home.
Photo: WFP/Dina El-Kassaby
Jordan, Zaatari Refugee camp April 2013
Sami (husband) and Sahar (wife) fled from Daraa in southern Syria and, after staying for a time in Amman and Egypt, they all arrived in al Zaatari refugee camp in March 2013. They have 10 children, the last of which was born in Zaatari only three weeks ago. Sami was a lawyer in Syria and fairly wealthy. He heads a committee of refugees in the camp. The family receives a ration of fresh bread every day along with the standard WFP dry rations (rice, lentils, bulgar wheat, pasta, salt, oil), which they can cook for themselves. Four of their children (Mohamed, Mahmoud, Ahmed and Rawan) go to one of the schools in al Zaatari and receive WFP datebars as a mid-morning snack.
Photo: WFP/rein Skullerud
Jordan Zaatari refugee camp, April 2013
Alaa, six years old, one of over 100,000 Syrian refugees living in al Zaatari camp in northern Jordan. Thousands of tents that provide accommodation to refugees in Zaatari camp. It’s in the first area of the camp to be settled, because Alaa’s family came 9 months ago, not long after the camp was built.
Alaa’s family fled nine months ago when fighting intensified and they started hearing stories of children being kidnapped and maltreated. Her Mother Manal says they fled Homs with two suitcases and clothes for 10 days. Her main regret is leaving behind Alaa’s favourite toy, a doll that she used to dress and give baths. Manal cooks as best she can in tent’s kitchen area, using the food supplies provided by WFP along with a few other items, such as coffee, that she manages to find in Zaatari camp. Her home in Homs had a very well equipped kitchen, she says. There are two schools in Zaatari camp. Alaa and her sister gp to one of them, which is run by WFP’s partner agency Unicef. WFP provides snacks for children who come to class. Alaa is in 1st grade and seems to have settled in well since starting at the camp school in October last year, when the classes were in tents. Although she doesn’t have her old friends from Homs, Alaa has made new friends at the school. When in school at around 11.30, just as the class’s concentration starts to waver and stomachs begin rumbling, children are given a nutritious snack. It’s a date bar, fortified with vitamins and minerals, supplied by WFP.
Most children eat their date bars immediately. But Alaa likes to take hers home, to eat in the early afternoon with her mother. Alaa’s parents are keen to ensure their daughter’s education doesn’t suffer as a result of them being refugees. School is also important in the camp because it helps create a sense of normality, a feeling that life carries on.
Alaa is one of around 5,000 children who receive WFP snacks in school every day in Zaatari. Funding permitting, the plan is to expand the programme further by the end of the year.
Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud