Korea contributes to refugee food security in Jordan through WFP

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AMMAN — The government of South Korea has contributed $1.5 million in food assistance for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), a statement from WFP said on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

The contribution is part of a $3.8 million package WFP received from Korea in December 2020 to provide assistance for Syrians inside their country and in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, the statement said.

“In Jordan, food security levels among Syrian refugees living in communities have dropped by more than ten percentage points since 2019; in March 2021, close to a quarter of refugees were food insecure and 60 percent on the edge of food insecurity,” the statement read.

Of the contribution, $500,000 will support WFP in providing monthly assistance to more than half a million vulnerable Syrian refugees and refugees of other nationalities in Jordan.

This assistance is provided through cash-based transfers; through blockchain in the three Syrian refugee camps, and as cash for refugees living in communities across the country.

“These funds from the government of Korea could not have been more timely as the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent economic downturn has pushed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in the region deeper into need and desperation, unable to meet their own needs, forcing them to become more dependent on WFP assistances,” said Gordon Craig, WFP’s deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Life has become an even harder daily struggle for more than 5 million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources.”

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