AceFinanceNews – UNITED NATIONS/SYRIA – September 18 – WFP/UN Food Programme.
The United Nations will have to cut food supplies to Syria by 40 percent in October due to a funding shortage, Reuters reported.
“In October, WFP [the UN World Food Programme] will be able to deliver 60 percent of what they have been delivering. In November it will be down to 40 percent,” John Ging, director of operations at the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told Reuters Wednesday in Geneva after attending an unannounced meeting on humanitarian aid to Syria.
“It is because the money is not coming in. This is devastating news for people who are aid-dependent,” Ging added, noting that more aid is needed as winter approaches.
“So we will find humanitarian agencies cutting down on aid deliveries when aid is needed more than ever,” Ging said. “It is not just food, it is vital shelter material, clothing and supplies for water and sanitation.”
The expert noted that the WFP needs $56 million to avoid cuts in food assistance in Syria’s neighboring countries, so it is highly likely that the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, will not get the necessary assistance.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) states some 3 million Syrian refugees have registered in Syria’s neighbouring countries.
The highest concentrations of refugees are found in in Lebanon (1.17 million), Turkey (830,000) and Jordan (613,000), according to UNHCR.