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Syrians facing war, hunger and now drought

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As the war in Syria continues, so does the food shortages. Syrians continue to be blocked from receiving food and other life-saving supplies because of the fighting between Assad's government and rebel groups.

Last month the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was able to feed 3.9 million Syrians, despite the ongoing violence. However, this number was down actually from the previous month because some war victims could not be reached.

WFP is partnering with a number of agencies to provide food aid inside Syria. More often this involves finding alternate routes, either by land or air, to work around the restrictions imposed by the conflict.

WFP said today they are moving food from Turkey into Al-Hassakeh governorate in Northeast Syria. This will feed thousands of people who have not been able to receive aid recently.

In the northwest of Syria there is another disturbing development. Drought has set in, which will make it even harder for people to grow food. Production and supply of food is already down of course because of the war. Now it will even get harder.

WFP needs US $ 41 million per week to feed Syrians inside the war-torn country. The UN food agency depends on voluntary donations. If the war continues, coupled with this drought, the food aid requirements are certain to increase.

Hunger and malnutrition is not only a threat to those still trapped inside Syria, but also to refugees in other countries. UNICEF reported earlier this year about increasing malnutrition among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. There are millions of Syrian refugees in other Middle Eastern countries that need aid.

WFP has set up a donation page for Syria.