Ramadan Arrives For Syrian Refugees At Zaatari
Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp work with WFP and partner Save the Children to erect two additional tents at the WFP food distribution site for the distribution of special Ramadan food packages that have been generously donated by the Saudi Relief Committee, a charity under the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior.
Syrian refugee youth in Zaatari camp volunteer at food distributions to help women collect and carry their heavy food rations. During Ramadan, each family in Zaatari camp is receiving this 38 kg food parcel donated by the Saudi Relief Committee in addition to the regular food rations that WFP distributes every month.
Um El Leil, a mother of five from Deraa, has been living in Zaatari camp for 5 months and told WFP that she is thrilled to take this special Ramadan food ration home to her children. Every family in Zaatari camp is receiving this 38 kg food package, a Ramadan gift provided the Saudi Relief Committee, which contains a variety of 18 food items including dates, jam, juice, canned food, tea and olive oil.
In Zaatari refugee camp, WFP’s partner Save the Children provides transportation at food distributions to help refugees carry their food rations from the food distribution point to their tents or caravans. People wait here to load their food rations onto the pick-up trucks that deliver the food to their tents.
Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Fahid Abdel Mohsen Al Zaid and the Saudi Relief Committee’s Executive Director Mr. Mubarak Al Baker pack Ramadan food parcels at the Saudi Relief Committee’s warehouse on the outskirts of Amman. Each pack contains a variety of 18 food items including dates, the traditional food to break the daily fast in Ramadan.
WFP Jordan Emergency Coordinator and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Jordan Mr. Fahid Abdel Mohsen Al Zaid discuss the food security situation and options for assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan as well as Syrians who remain inside the country. Back in 2008, at the height of the global food crisis, Saudi Arabia donated US$500 million to WFP – the single largest cash donation ever made to a UN agency.
Ahead of Ramadan, the Saudi Relief Committee and Campaigns packed between 2,000 and 3,000 Ramadan food parcels daily and transported them to Zaatari camp for distribution during the Holy month to every family in the camp.
Fatena awaits transportation from the WFP food distribution point to her tent. Like her siblings, she attends school in Zaatari where she receives a nutritious date bar from WFP every day. Making sure that Fatena stays nourished and healthy so she can fulfill her dream to become a doctor is a priority for WFP, and the month of Ramadan is no exception.
This month, WFP is reaching around 420,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan with food and voucher assistance. By the end of year, WFP will be assisting nearly 900,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, mainly through value-based food vouchers including in Zaatari camp where markets are currently being built.
Ayman accompanies his mom to food distributions in Zaatari camp twice a month while his younger siblings stay at their tent with their aunt. In addition to the regular WFP food ration, Ayman’s family will enjoy special Ramadan ration this month provided by the Saudi Relief Committee.
With the help of WFP and its partner Save The Children, Syrian refugees at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan were recently given special Ramadan food packages. The packages were donated by the Saudi Relief Committee, a charity under the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior.