A villager awaits a food distribution in Khirbet Makool in the West Bank's Area C where restrictions on movement and construction make life increasingly difficult and unsustainable. In September 2013, all existing structures in the village of Khirbet Makhool were demolished and all of its 48 residents displaced.
WFP reached out to poor Palestinians affected by the conflict like this villager in Khirbet Makhool seen in front of the ruins of what was once his home. Rebuilding their lives and creating sustainable livelihoods has become a daily challenge for him and other villagers whose dwellings were destroyed. WFP provided emergency food assistance to the villagers, ensuring access to food items that cover the majority of daily caloric requirements.
WFP provides food assistance through direct food distributions or vouchers for 290,000 of the poorest Palestinians each month in the West Bank. This includes 30,000 Bedouins and herders in Area C. Bedouins and herders in the West Bank are amongst the poorest Palestinians.
Small-scale agriculture and herding is not enough to fulfill the daily needs of villagers in Khirbet Makhool, which is located in the hot and dry region of the northern Jordan Valley. The gradual encroachment of settlements and military training areas, as well as a lack of access to water have undermined the viability of herding livelihoods and increased the communities’ dependence on food assistance.
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