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UN agency launches social media campaign to offer food to Syrian refugees

BEIRUT |, with agencies - December 05, 2014, 12h02
Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) was forced to suspend food assistance to millions of Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations News Center.
However, a few days ago, it announced an ambitious fundraising campaign that would help with the support and financing for its life-saving efforts in the war-ravaged country and surrounding region.

In a news release, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said “Even one dollar can make a difference. We're saying to people: 'for you, it's a dollar, for them, it's a lifeline.'”

It is aimed to target 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The refugees will be able to use electronic vouchers to purchase food in local shops. The UN agency hopes to pull in $64 million to be immediately implemented during the month of December and is urging donors and members of the public to follow the WFP's link to donate online. In addition, the agency said, donors will be asked to swap their profile pictures on social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook with a badge representing the Dollar for Syrian Refugees” campaign.

This has been possible because of long-term donor funding for WFP operations and cooperation between WFP staff, partner organizations and host governments in the region. The agency has stressed that it is critical for this funding and cooperation to continue.

Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs, Rachid Derbas, said on Friday during an interview with Radio Orient that procrastination is seen as to providing food aid to displaced Syrians.

"I always warned of such procrastination. The international community provided this assistance but it would have been better for it to find a solution to this crisis," he noted.

Derbas assured that "Lebanon is deadlocked. It is in front of a painful reality. Another people is on our territory and we need to give him aid. Large-scale solutions must be presented to us," assuring that the file of Syrian refugees has become an Arab cause.
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