2014's winter is one of the most
severe for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt as UN's
World Food Programme has suspended a voucher program. As an outcome, 1.7
million refugees and more have been affected. The voucher cards are used like
debit cards in local shops to acquire food. Through this scheme, about $800m
has been injected into the supporting countries economies.
The organization has been routinely
informing countries that more aid is required to support the growing crises in
Syria. But, need for a further $64m support has crashed the scheme and it is
very unfortunate that such an assistance operation has been put on sudden hold.
"And suspension of W.F.P. food
assistance will endanger the health and safety of these refugees and will
potentially cause further tensions, instability and insecurity in the
neighboring host countries," Ertharin Cousin, the organization's executive
director, said in a statement from its headquarters in Rome. She also said that
these refugees are meagerly prepared to face the crises as they stay in camps
and informal settlements. Both in Lebanon and Jordan, the tents are soaked in
mud and their hygiene conditions seem too poor. Infact, many children lack warm
clothes and shoes.
Greg Barrow, spokesman of WFP's
London office says that the WFP program is the biggest food assistance provider
that has all the magnitude to cover such a vast crisis. "For the next six
months, the WFP requires $412.6m to support almost 3 million Syrian refugees in
the neighboring countries," the UN body said in an operational resourcing
update in November. To recall, in September, the organization cut the value of
vouchers up to half, to $45 from $15 a month, based on the country.
In order to tackle growing disasters and conflicts,
the International Red Cross has requested for a 25 percent greater budget in
2015. UN's international aid partners and their agencies will present to the
donors their respective appeals for funds in order to operate Syria and Iraq.