CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received a package of contributions totaling US $ 1.5 million from the Government of the Republic of Korea to help provide food aid to conflict-affected Syrians in Jordan and in Turkey.
WFP also received $ 1 million from the Republic of Korea for the second tranche of its 2020-2021 contribution to Lebanon – which is part of a package of $ 3.8 million that WFP received from Korea in December 2020 to provide assistance to Syrians inside their country and in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
In Turkey, US $ 1 million from Korea will help WFP equip Syrian refugees with the skills they need to find employment and become self-reliant through vocational and paid on-the-job training. These funds will also represent a lifeline for around 52,000 refugees living in six camps across south-eastern Turkey with monthly aid of TRY 120 (USD 17) per person.
In Jordan, food security levels of Syrian refugees living in communities have fallen by more than ten percentage points since 2019; in March 2021, nearly a quarter of refugees were food insecure and 60% on the verge of food insecurity. Korea’s $ 500,000 contribution to Jordan will help WFP provide monthly assistance to more than half a million vulnerable Syrian refugees and refugees of other nationalities in Jordan.
This assistance is provided through cash transfers; through blockchain in the three Syrian refugee camps and in cash for refugees living in communities across the country.
In Lebanon, with $ 1 million as the second allocation of the Republic of Korea’s contribution for 2020-2021, WFP will provide monthly cash assistance to refugees in Lebanon, ensuring that struggling families receive the assistance they need to meet their daily needs. nutritional needs.
âThese Korean government funds could not have been more timely as the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn have pushed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the region in need and desperation, unable to meet their own needs, forcing them to become more dependent on WFP aid, âsaid Gordon Craig, WFP Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Life has become an even more difficult daily struggle for more than 5 million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources.”
The number of vulnerable refugees who lack the basic resources to survive in exile has dramatically increased due to the public health emergency. The loss of income has pushed refugee families to the limit. Many are unable to pay their rent and are forced to take on more debt, cut back on food and medicine.
To date, Korea has contributed over US $ 20 million to WFP’s response to the Syrian regional crisis over the past decade. Korea has become a major donor with a growing portfolio in the regional crisis.
The response in Syria is one of WFP’s largest and most complex emergencies in the world. Each month, WFP provides food assistance to some 6.5 million Syrians inside and outside Syria. Syrian refugees remain the largest group of refugees in the world.