The Syrian towns of Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Idlib Province had been cut off from humanitarian assistance since April. But now the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to deliver food and supplies, transporting the rations as part of a joint UN‑Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy. The German Government provided financial support for this measure which has brought relief for up to 60,000 people.
Special nutrition for malnourished children
45 lorries brought the urgently needed supplies to the towns. With the aid of local partners, the WFP was able to distribute emergency rations comprising rice, lentils, wheat flour, bulgur wheat, vegetable oil and sugar – enough to feed the people there for a whole month. Specialised nutritious products for the malnourished young children in Madaya and Zabadini were also delivered.
Only last week a WFP aid convoy made it through to the besieged town of Muadamiya near Damascus for the first time since July. This brought food supplies and other relief goods for 35,000 people. Another inter‑agency convoy delivered food aid for 70,000 people near Al Wa’er in Homs. A third convoy brought enough wheat flour and other foodstuffs to last the 84,000 people of Talbiseh for one month.
German support greater than ever
The WFP is one of Germany’s most important partners when it comes to implementing humanitarian assistance. It has repeatedly managed to deliver supplies to trouble spots in the region at short notice. All in all, Germany has this year provided a record sum of 570 million euros for WFP programmes in Syria and neighbouring countries. Thanks to this support, four million people in Syria and almost two million people in the neighbouring countries can be supplied with food each month.
Aid workers and doctors under fire
It is difficult to for humanitarian workers to access many parts of Syria due to the persistent fighting between the various parties to the conflict; in addition, aid workers and doctors have repeatedly been attacked. Humanitarian need continues to grow as a result of the ongoing hostilities. Germany is pushing for unrestricted, safe access to the crisis areas for aid organisations.