Syrian Refugees Welcomed With Food At Zaatari Camp In Jordan
As large numbers of Syrians continue to flee their homes, the WFP strives to make sure that these refugees' urgent food needs are being met as they enter neighboring countries, and camps like Zaatari, by providing food vouchers, hot meals, and family food baskets.
An emergency operation is underway to meet the urgent food needs of 35,000 Syrians refugees like these who fled to Jordan. With other host communities in northern Jordan, WFP plans to reach 70,000 total refugees by the end of the year.
Over 20,000 Syrians are now receiving hot meals at Zaatari, and numbers are increasing. For this young boy, getting proper nutrition now can lower the risk of chronic conditions later in life.
Families arriving in Jordan often have few assets and little cash, and over time become increasingly dependent on humanitarian assistance.
Despite these difficult experiences, children share smiles after reaching the camp - a place that can offer them safety and hot meals.
Four-year-old Amal arrived at the Zaatari camp on August 28th with her mother and three siblings after her village was wrought with heavy fighting.
For the children at the Zaatari camp, receiving a hot meal like this one at lunchtime can be invaluable. These children are receiving high-energy biscuits, fortified cookies often used in the days following an emergency situation. The biscuits can be tailored to meet a certain country's needs, and can be made with local ingredients when possible.
As Syrian refugees continue to flee their native country, camps such as the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan, have been opened to start giving out urgent food assistance in the form of hot meals and food vouchers. Here at Zaatari, arriving families receive a welcome package when they come in late at night, and will get dry rations with which to cook at community kitchens. After the launch of a emergency operation in July, the WFP hopes to progressively reach 120,000 vulnerable Syrians with the food voucher program by December.