Perilous Times and Climate Change
UN agency distributes food aid in Syria's drought-hit north
Damascus (AFP) June 20, 2010 - The World Food Programme said on Sunday
that it has begun handing out food to almost 200,000 people in severely
drought-stricken northeast Syria.
More than 2,900 tonnes of food rations, made possible by a
two-million-euro donation (2.5 million dollars) by the European
Commission, was being distributed since the start of June in the
provinces of Al-Hasakeh, Al-Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the UN agency said in
"Thanks to these funds, WFP purchased enough food to support tens of
thousands of the most vulnerable drought-affected families," the
statement quoted WFP country director Muhannad Hadi as saying. The WFP
said it has so far "received less than half of the 22 million dollars
it needs to provide food to the 300,000 drought-hit people targeted for
assistance ... leaving 110,000 people without help."
Syria has been afflicted by severe drought over the past four years,
making conditions especially difficult for the rural poor and
accelerating the flight from the countryside to the cities.