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A dollar is a lifeline for Syrian refugees


4 December 2014. For 64 million people, it´s a dollar a day. For 1.7 million Syrian refugees it´s a lifeline.

After being forced to suspend food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an ambitious 72-hour campaign to raise US$64million which will reinstate Syrian refugees’ food vouchers in December.

Flickr European Commission 2 0 Generic CC BY-NC-ND 2 0The three-day campaign – starting today – asks members of the public to donate one US$ 1 dollar towards WFP’s food aid for Syrian Refugees. One dollar is 0,8 Euro and 0,65 Pound Sterling. “Even one dollar can make a difference. We’re saying to people: ‘For you it’s a dollar, for them it’s a lifeline.’ We know that people care – and we’re asking them to show it, by giving even this small amount to Syrians in need,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “All it takes if US$1 from 64 million people.”

syria-lifeline-180x180People around the world are being asked to follow this link: (or click here) and visit WFP’s website (or click here) to donate online. Members of the public are also being asked to swap their profile picture on Twitter and Facebook with a ‘badge’ representing the 1 Dollar for Syrian Refugees campaign. Badges, like the one on the left) downloadable for Twittr and Facebook  can be found on (click here) . WFP's Syria emergency operations are in critical need of funding.

On Monday, 1 December WFP announced that it is suspending its food voucher programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, affecting nearly 1.7 million people. The refugees use electronic vouchers – normally worth about US$30 per family member – to buy food in local shops. Without WFP vouchers, many families will go hungry. For refugees already struggling to survive the harsh winter, the consequences of halting this assistance is devastating. WFP requires a total of US$64 million immediately to reinstate the voucher programme during the month of December.

syria-winter-girl-walkingIf funding arrives this month, WFP will immediately resume assistance. Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, WFP has succeeded, despite fighting and problems of access, in meeting the food needs of millions of displaced people inside Syria and up to 1.8 million refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

# # # WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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