UN resumes food aid for Syrian refugees after raising more funds

December 9, 2014 14:49

ROME - The United Nations will resume food aid to Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, following a push for more funding when a program offering food vouchers ran out of money, the World Food Program (WFP) announced on Tuesday.

About 1.7 million refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers topped up by mid-December, so they can purchase food in local shops.

The announcement came after a campaign by the WFP seeking funds to cover a $64 million shortfall which forced the agency to suspend the program at the beginning of December.

To date, the WFP has raised $80 million from private individuals, countries and companies.

"This outpouring of support in such a short time is unprecedented," WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said in a statement.

"We're especially grateful to the many individual members of the public who reached into their own pockets to send whatever they could to help Syrian refugees who have lost everything."

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