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WFP Executive Director To Visit Syrian Refugees In Lebanon And Jordan

ROME/CAIRO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Lebanon and Jordan from 6-9 November to meet Syrian refugees and see the increasing humanitarian needs first hand.  Cousin will meet senior government officials in both countries and visit WFP food distributions in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

WFP’s Regional Emergency Operation to cover the food needs of refugees in neighbouring countries was launched in July and is now expanding to include the new wave of arrivals of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inside Syria, WFP has scaled up its operations and is reaching 1.5 million people monthly with food assistance.

Cousin will hold a press conference in both Lebanon and Jordan in which she will brief journalists about the developing humantiarian situation in Syria and WFP operations to support refugees living in camps and host communities.

Details: Please contact the WFP public information officers listed below for further information on the itinerary and media opportunities.

For more information please contact (email address:

Abeer Etefa, WFP/Beirut-Amman, Mob. +2010 666 34356
Laure Chadraoui, WFP/Beirut-Amman, Mob. + 962795917987 and +9613489925
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Rene McGuffin, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1 202 4223383