UN agency forced to cut food aid to 200,000 Syrian refugees

UN agency forced to cut food aid to 200,000 Syrian refugees

The cash-strapped World Food Programme says it has had to drop a third of Syrian refugees from its aid effort in Middle East host countries this year, including more than 200,000 in Jordan who lost aid this month.

The cutbacks come at a time when more desperate Syrians are trying to reach Europe.

More than four million Syrians have fled their country’s civil war since 2011, most settling in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

WFP regional spokeswoman Abeer Etefa said the number of refugees receiving food aid had been cut from 2.1 million to 1.4 million since March.

Ms Etefa said the world must do more to support refugees in their host countries or face increasing migration, adding: “We have to help people where they are or they will move.”

More in this Section

Gascoigne ‘only had three or four cans’ before alleged sex assault, court hearsGascoigne ‘only had three or four cans’ before alleged sex assault, court hears

Leading candidates face grilling as 12 Democrats pitch for presidential nodLeading candidates face grilling as 12 Democrats pitch for presidential nod

Protesters leave North Sea oil platforms after more than 24 hoursProtesters leave North Sea oil platforms after more than 24 hours

Japan’s bullet trains bear the brunt of typhoon’s onslaughtJapan’s bullet trains bear the brunt of typhoon’s onslaught


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

More From The Irish Examiner