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Syrian hunger relief mission sets record

The UN World Food Programme fed 4.1 million Syrians last month
The UN World Food Programme fed 4.1 million Syrians last month
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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it fed 4.1 million war victims inside Syria during August. This is the highest total WFP has reached in one month since the civil war began.

Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis, says, “We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance – many of them have been going hungry for months. We will build on these gains in the coming weeks and months and hope that all parties to the conflict will continue to facilitate our access to the women, children and families that remain out of our reach behind conflict lines."

WFP, the largest hunger relief organization, is working with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and other partners to distribute the rations. The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations.

Around US $ 35 million is needed each week to feed the hungry inside Syria. Along with hunger emergencies in Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and other areas, donations are critical to fill the pipeline of aid. The U.S. Food for Peace program is the single largest donor to WFP.

Improved access routes, including those from Jordan and Turkey, have helped improve the deliveries of food. However, WFP warns many more Syrians have yet to be reached. The longer the conflict continues, hunger and malnutrition will likewise.