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WFP And The Armenian Ministry Of Diaspora To Provide Emergency Food Assistance To Syrian Armenians

YEREVAN – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) began this week providing assistance to 5,000 Syrian Armenians displaced from Syria who have sought protection in Armenia. The 6-month-assistance project is funded the government of the Russian Federation.

This WFP operation was put in place upon a request from the Ministry of Diaspora, responsible for the overall coordination of assistance to Syrian Armenians.  Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between WFP and the ministry, WFP will provide assistance to the Syrian Armenian population during the current transitional period as the Government of Armenia continues its efforts in integrating the Syrian population of Armenian descent.

“Syrian Armenians were once part of the thriving Armenian diaspora in Syria; many of them have lost their homes and livelihoods due to the conflict in Syria,” said WFP Head of Office in Armenia, Maria Lukyanova. “WFP food support will help address some of the basic needs of this group that has sustained multiple shocks over the previous two years and help to prevent negative coping strategies.”

Preparations for project implementation were done in collaborations with the Ministry of Diaspora, WFP and its UN partners, primarily the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as civil organisations such as the CentrŠµ for the Coordination of Syrian-Armenian Issues, Mission Armenia, the Armenian Relief Society and others provided information, human resources and technical support.

WFP’s implementing partner is the Centre for the Coordination of Syrian Armenian Issues operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Diaspora.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Last year, WFP reached more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance.

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For more information please contact Liana Kharatian, Programme Officer

E-mail:                Liana.Kharatian@wfp.org
Mobile phone: +374 91 40 78 34.