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World Food: $ 1.5 million, a Korean grant to Jordan to support Syrian refugees

The United Nations World Food Program has received a contribution of 1.5 million dollars from the government of the Republic of Korea to support the provision of food aid to Syrians affected by the conflict in Jordan.

According to the UN program, food security levels have decreased among Syrian refugees in Jordan and those living outside the camps since 2019, and in March 2021, nearly a quarter of the refugees were food insecure and 60% were on the brink of food insecurity. The contribution will contribute to providing monthly assistance to more than half a million people from the most vulnerable groups of Syrian refugees and refugees of other nationalities in Jordan.

This aid is provided through cash transfers via blockchain technology (or blockchain) in the three Syrian refugee camps, and in the form of cash disbursed to refugees living outside of camps across the country.

In Lebanon, the World Food Program will provide monthly cash assistance to refugees in Lebanon, using the $ 1 million provided as a second installment from the Republic of Korea's contribution in the period 2020-2021, ensuring that families facing living difficulties are provided with the assistance they need to meet their daily food needs.

Gordon Craig, Deputy Regional Director for the World Food Program for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “These funds provided by the Korean government have come at the most appropriate time as the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the economic downturn that followed has prompted hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. In the region, there is more destitution, despair, and the inability to meet their own needs, and they are becoming more dependent on World Food Program aid. " "Life has become a daily struggle for more than 5 million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources," he added.

According to the World Food Program, the response to the Syrian crisis is one of the largest and most complex emergencies implemented by the World Food Program around the world. Every month, the World Food Program provides food aid to 6.5 million Syrians inside and outside Syria. Syrian refugees still constitute the largest refugee group in the world.