Displaced Syrians in Al-Shadadi district in Al-Hassakeh, northeast Syria, wait for WFP food trucks that bring them their monthly food rations. Al-Shadadi, which has been under the opposition’s control for many months now, houses tens of thousands of internally displaced Syrians from neighbouring governorates.
Omar, 9, carries vegetable oil that is part of his family’s food ration. The WFP food box includes rice, bulgur, pasta, vegetable oil, lentils, salt, sugar and canned pulses. In March, WFP is aiming to provide food to two million people inside Syria.
This family, and many like them in Al-Shadadi, is totally dependent on WFP food assistance after they fled their home in Deir Ezzor. Lack of funds might force WFP to reduce the food basket and the number of people receiving food aid inside the country as early as mid-April.
Food rations for ten families sharing the same house lined up before they move them for storage in the kitchen. Fatema says her mum will cook fresh meals using this food. For most families, WFP food rations are the only source of food. They have to use their ration wisely; if it runs out they would be left with next to nothing to eat.
WFP staff frequently visit families to assess the situation and monitor distributions. In January, half a million Syrians in opposition-controlled and contested areas received WFP food parcels. In February, WFP sent food to half a million people in opposition and contested areas out of the 1.7 million people reached overall in the country.
Throughout Syria, 85 percent of WFP’s beneficiaries in Syria are internally displaced people, many of whom have fled fighting in contested and opposition-held areas. WFP supports those in need regardless of their affiliation or community of origin.
In the next few weeks WFP will start providing specialized nutrition products to prevent and treat malnutrition in Syria. This supplementary feeding programme will boost the nutrition of up to 100,000 children aged six months to three years.
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