Food assistance makes a difference in Syria, thanks to UAE
19 February 2015
Access to sufficient food is a daily struggle for most Palestine refugee families in Syria. More than half of Palestine refugees in Syria have fled their homes, leaving behind their savings, assets and livelihoods. The onset of winter and soaring prices of food, heating and shelter has placed additional strains on their resilience.
Generous support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has allowed UNRWA to provide essential food assistance to 93,000 Palestine refugee families in Syria in late 2014 and early 2015. This vulnerable community has been severely affected by the surrounding crisis, with over 280,000 Palestine refugees displaced within Syria as a result of armed conflict. The timely UAE contribution of US$ 15 million has helped Palestine refugee families meet their minimum needs during an intense and continuing humanitarian crisis.
Support from donors such as the UAE means UNRWA can continue to provide regular food assistance to Palestine refugee families throughout Syria, including in areas of active conflict. Such assistance supports a minimum level of nutritional health, while maintaining the important family rituals of cooking and eating together, providing stability and routine in uncertain circumstances.