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UAE donates to hunger relief in Syria

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a donation of US $31 million from the United Arab Emirates. The donation will be used for hunger relief in Syria. WFP is trying to feed over four million people inside Syria amid the ongoing civil war.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says, "We are very grateful for this extremely timely contribution from the UAE Government. For WFP, this funding comes at a critical time, as we work to meet the ongoing food assistance needs of nearly 7 million Syrians who have been worn down by the three year conflict."

As a result of low funding, WFP had to reduce rations in Syria during March. WFP relies entirely on voluntary donations. The Syrian mission, which includes refugees throughout the Middle East, is one of the largest and most expensive ever undertaken. Around US $2 billion is needed this year alone.

Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator for Syria, says, "We are grateful to the generosity of our donors, whose contributions have enabled us to save lives, but our emergency operation is running hand-to-mouth and our funding has now reached dangerous levels."

WFP has a donation page for Syria.