• Publication date: July 7, 2014

"Syrians without an Address"questions and answers

WHAT IS THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME?

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. It is the food assistance arm of the United Nations system. On average, the World Food Programme reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.

 
WHAT IS THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME?
 
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. It is the food assistance arm of the United Nations system. On average, the World Food Programme reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization is the first on the ground, responding when disaster strikes or an emergency erupts. One in eight person in the world now is hungry. That means that there are more hungry people on the planet than the populations of Canada, USA, and the European Union combined. However, there is enough food in the world to feed every child, woman, man, baby, on earth. The World Food Programme believes that ending world hunger is possible during our lifetime and that this is everyone’s business. The goal is to build a world with zero hunger because hunger is a solvable problem. The World Food Programme is entirely funded through voluntary donations.
 
Key links to learn more about WFP:  wfp.org/ar

WHAT IS THIS CAMPAIGN ABOUT?
 
This is a not-for-profit advocacy campaign led by MBC under the umbrella of MBC Hope to support the World Food Programme’s emergency operations in and around Syria, as part of a wider MBC/MBC partnership programme aimed at fighting hunger in the Arab world. It is aimed at putting a human face to the suffering of Syrian displaced and refugee families to ensure that their plight is not forgotten and their voices are heard as well as raise awareness of WFP's efforts to provide them with the food assistance that they need.
 
WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN SYRIA?
 
The conflict in Syria has forced millions of people to flee their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis and resulting in significant humanitarian needs. Access to basic needs including food, water, electricity and medical supplies has been interrupted in areas witnessing armed activities. A growing number of main breadwinners have become unemployed. Soaring food and fuel prices across the country have also exacerbated the situation. Some areas have also witnessed food shortages including bread. The latest UN estimates suggest that 6.5 million Syrians are now displaced inside their country. Half of Syria’s children are out of school. More than half of Syria’s population lives in poverty. 245,000 people live under siege and another 800,000 people live in areas that are hard to reach. Over 2.8 million Syrian fled Syria and are refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.
 
HOW IS THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME HELPING ON THE GROUND?
 
The World Food Programme is providing food assistance to over 5.5 million people affected by the Syrian crisis, both inside Syria and in neighboring countries, making it its most challenging, complex and largest emergency worldwide. The World Food Programme has been on the ground delivering lifesaving food from day one of the Syria crisis.
 
Food assistance inside Syria:
Currently, some 4 million war-affected people inside the country depend on the World Food Programme’s monthly food assistance for their survival.  Our staff, Syrian nationals and internationals risk their lives so mothers can feed their children on both sides of the conflict, in Syria’s 14 Governorates, including in areas like, the Old City of Homs, Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Deir Ezzor including hard hit areas and conflict zones. The World Food Programme also relentlessly continues to advocate for access to reach more families who do not have access to nutritious food due to the fighting, siege, bureaucratic challenges, or dangers on the roads. The World Food Programme moves around 40,000 metric tons of food each month across the country. This involves over 3,000 trucks navigating through hundreds of checkpoints controlled by government troops and armed groups.
 
Food assistance to Syrian refugees:
The World Food Programme is present in all the countries that welcomed refugees providing food assistance to additional 1.5 million Syrians, mainly through the distribution of food vouchers as well as food rations, bread and school snacks inside refugee camps.  As the fighting in Syria continues, the World Food Programme aims to reach almost 2.9 million refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in need of food by the end of the year. The organization provides families with food vouchers, which take the form of a paper voucher or electronic card and can be redeemed in registered shops against a list of items including fresh produce such as dairy products (cheese, milk and yogurt) and eggs, which are not normally included in food rations. The World Food Programme often uses vouchers when food is available in the market but people do not have enough money to buy it. The voucher system is an innovative way to ensure beneficiaries living in urban settings can buy their own food from local shops, while boosting the local economy. Since the start of the programme, through the voucher programme, the World Food Programme has injected over US$450 million into the local economies of neighbouring countries. The majority of the World Food Programme staff in Syria and in neighbouring countries are Arab nationals who speak the language of the people we serve, who understand their culture, and relate to their suffering, some of whom have themselves been impacted by the crisis.
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
 
Spread the word on social media by posting the campaign videos.
 
Go further and visit the WFP website to find out ways to support Syrian families this Ramadan.