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Japan grants WFP $3m to support Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan

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AMMAN — The government of Japan has given $3 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to support Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan, a WFP statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, said on Monday.اضافة اعلان

Thanks to this grant, families in camps will receive monthly electronic vouchers that are designed exclusively for purchasing food at supermarkets and bakeries in the camps and are operated through blockchain technology.

This grant is part of Japan’s emergency aid for refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru said, adding that Japan appreciates “the valuable role of WFP, which has been working for vulnerable people since the beginning of the Syrian crisis.”

The ambassador announced the contribution during a joint visit to the Zaatari camp with WFP Representative and Country Director Alberto Correia Mendes. Ambassador Shimazaki visited the shops where families buy their food using their e-vouchers, spoke with refugees, and made some house calls.

"WFP is extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the people and government of Japan," said Mendes. "Good partners like the government of Japan are needed more than ever, especially as we face challenges in raising sufficient resources to continue putting food on the tables of families and their children."

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2012, Japan has been a significant partner to WFP Jordan, contributing $35.7 million in the last 10 years through cash contributions in support of direct food assistance and livelihood activities enhancing for refugees.

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