The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience for around 80 million people in 80 countries every year.
WFP has stepped up to support to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians returning home to the ruins of eastern Aleppo city, by providing families with hot meals, ready-to-eat canned food and staple items such as rice, beans, vegetable oil and lentils.
Much of the infrastructure in eastern Aleppo city has been heavily damaged, leaving people returning to their homes in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Last November, about 157,000 people fled eastern Aleppo city as military operations devastated large parts of the city. Many of them were mothers and children.
WFP’s work is instrumental in the relief effort, and has included:
- Supplying nine public kitchens with 20 metric tons of food, which is being used to prepare hot meals twice a day for 40,000 people in eastern Aleppo city.
- Providing ready-to-eat food for 45,000 returnees and displaced people in eastern Aleppo city. Additionally, over 10,000 people sheltering in western Aleppo city have received food rations.
- Donating 45 metric tons of wheat flour daily to partners operating eight bakeries in Aleppo city. The bakeries use the flour to produce and distribute bread to families, including people in the formerly besieged areas of the eastern part of Aleppo city such as Mshateyah, Tareeq Al Bab and Al Bayyadah.
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WFP made this video to help people understand what is going on in Aleppo. The footage of children cleaning up the remains of their homes, and the line of people, including many mothers and children, waiting for food is devastating. Watch it here.
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