During her visit to Syria, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met displaced families who had fled to Damascus after their homes were destroyed. As the conflict continues, Syria is the most challenging and complex emergency for WFP, which is appealing for close to $2 billion to assist more than 7 million Syrians in urgent need of food assistance in 2014.
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“What I've seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Filipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they're asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives," Erharin Cousin said, after helping to distribute High Energy Biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre. DONATE NOW
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin recently visited Yemen, a country with the some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, where WFP is assisting upwards of 5 million people. There together with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, the two agency heads urged donors to provide more support for humanitarian work in the country.
During her August 27-29 visit to Iraq, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with refugees who've flooded across the border with Syria by the thousands in recent weeks. In addition to meeting the immediate needs of refugees from Syria, Cousin stressed the importance of supporting them in the long-term with innovative forms of assistance such as food vouchers.