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WFP receives aid from Canada

Syrian refugees shop in a privately owned supermarket in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, June 23, 2014. (Photo: NYTimes)
Syrian refugees shop in a privately owned supermarket in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, June 23, 2014. (Photo: NYTimes)
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AMMAN — The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Jordan on Monday welcomed a timely contribution from the government of Canada, which helped the agency reverse planned cuts in food assistance for 110,000 refugees, a statement from WFP said. اضافة اعلان

Shortage of funds has made it difficult for WFP to provide vital monthly food assistance to half a million refugees in Jordan, according to the statement.

WFP had already been forced to stop this assistance to 21,000 vulnerable refugees in July due to lack of funds and was concerned that further cuts to another 110,000 refugees are unavoidable in September, the agency said in the statement, adding that the Canadian government “stepped in with emergency funding of $3.2 million to maintain this monthly assistance for another month.”

“WFP is grateful for the Canadian government’s continuous support to the refugee crisis in Jordan, supporting us once again to avert food assistance cuts to tens of thousands of refugees. However, WFP’s funding situation remains critical; the organization urgently needs a further $53 million to maintain food assistance to half a million vulnerable refugees during October, November and December 2021,” Alberto Correia Mendes, representative and country director for WFP in Jordan, was quoted as saying in the statement.

For her part, Canadian Ambassador to Jordan Donica Pottie said that “Canada is committed to supporting WFP’s efforts to provide food assistance and other humanitarian needs in Jordan. We are happy to provide assistance at a critical time for WFP.”

Since the beginning of 2021, Canada has contributed $12.6 million to support WFP’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, according to the statement.

More than a quarter of refugees in Jordan are already food insecure and a further 65 percent are on the edge of food insecurity, WFP noted.

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