KUWAIT CITY – The Government of Kuwait has announced a US$5 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrians affected by the unabating conflict.
The contribution from Kuwait will help WFP to provide urgent food assistance to affected families inside Syria as well as Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan. More than six million people in Syria do not have enough food to eat and continue to face extremely difficult circumstances due to ongoing insecurity, displacement and poverty. Syrian families who have sought refuge in Lebanon and Jordan struggle to feed their families and desperately depend on support from WFP and resources such as those provided by Kuwait.
“Kuwait has been a pillar of support for the Syrian people hosting three pledging conferences to ensure funding for the most vulnerable in need,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. “This new contribution shows Kuwait’s continued solidarity with the Syrian people and its commitment to help improve their lives amid continuing hardship.”
Kuwait is a committed humanitarian supporter and has taken a leading role in the response to the Syria crisis by hosting a series of international humanitarian pledging conferences for Syria between 2013 and 2016. Kuwait contributed large amounts for life-saving assistance during each conference.
WFP and Kuwait are longstanding partners. In the past five years alone, Kuwait has provided more than US$138 million to WFP, mainly to support relief efforts for Syrians in need, but also for WFP food assistance programmes globally.
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