Syrians Refugees Going Hungry after UN Runs Out of Money for Aid

Syrians Refugees Going Hungry after UN Runs Out of Money for Aid

As winter approaches, United Nations funds to feed and educate Syrian refugees have dried up. 

According to Christian Today, the World Food Programme is petitioning donors for funds to ensure refugees can survive the harshest months of winter.

"There are days when we eat and there are others when we don't," said Um Ali, a mother from Syria's Homs province.

But hopefully that will change for Ali and some 1.7 million other refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

A week after launching its social media campaign to raise emergency funding for food assistance aimed at Syrian refugees, WFP announced recently that it had not only reached its initial goal of $64 million, but also exceeded it thanks to a “massive expression” of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries.

“This outpouring of support in such a short time is unprecedented,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, in a statement. “We’re especially grateful to the many individual members of the public who reached into their own pockets to send whatever they could to help Syrian refugees who have lost everything. They showed that even as little as a dollar can make a difference.”

The 72-hour “Dollar for Syrian Refugees” campaign kicked-off last Wednesday following WFP’s announcement that it was suspending a food voucher program.

Publication date: December 9, 2014