Around 1600 displaced Christians, mostly from Mosul, are living in this unfinished shopping mall. There are no walls and the ground floor is filled with water. Temperatures drop below freezing at night. Here they are trying to prepare for Christmas the best they can with a makeshift nativity scene. WFP provides them food vouchers and food like rice, cooking oil and pasta. More than 1.8 million people from different groups have fled the militant attacks in Iraq since June 2014. In Peshmerga military base, Kurdish forces have been airlifting Yazidis from Mt. Sinjar. On this day they freed Mt. Sinjar from the militants. WFP has provided food assistance to more than 1 million people displaced across Iraq since the upsurge in violence in mid-June. This is in spite of a very challenging security situation.
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Lean Holidays for Increasing Numbers of Iraqis Displaced by Militants as Funding for WFP Dwindles (For the Media)
Since December 2013, 226,000 people have fled the violence in CAR and have sought refuge in neighboring countries, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo (RoC). All are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Displaced by the conflict in the North, many families in Mali have difficulty meeting their basic needs. In the cities of Bamako and Mopti, WFP has established a cash transfer system that is progressively replacing traditional food distributions. The financial assistance allows families to choose and purchase their own food. For displaced families, cash transfers can represent a first step back to a normal life.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”
WFP has begun distributing electronic food vouchers, or "e-cards", to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The cards work very much like debit cards and look like them too. It's a way of simplifying life for refugees, who are now able to go into shops and buy food in the same way as any other customer. The programme is being rolled out, first in Lebanon and then in Jordan, with technical support from MasterCard.