World Food Program: The pandemic causes the funding gap to increase, and the hunger plight of global refugees increases
China News Service, Beijing, June 20 (Reporter Bo Wenwen) On the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) issued a warning that due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, the emergency rescue reserve fund was short of funds. The lives of millions of refugees around the world cannot be guaranteed, and the plight of hunger is getting worse.
The World Food Program announced that due to the severe shortage of aid funds in eastern and southern Africa and the Middle East, the World Food Program was forced to cut rations for vulnerable groups in parts of the world. The crowd lives on food from the World Food Program.
p >On May 24, 2021, Ange, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, receives food rations in a refugee camp in Rwanda. Photo by the United Nations World Food Program
It is reported that in eastern Africa alone, almost three-quarters of refugee rations have been cut, reducing the quota by 60%. In southern Africa, refugees in Tanzania are completely dependent on the assistance of the World Food Program to survive, but their food rations have been cut by almost one-third. The Syrian regional refugee response plan is also facing a serious shortage of funds, which means that if more funds are not raised, assistance to the 242,000 refugees in Jordan is likely to stop at the end of August.
Margot van der Velden, Director of Emergency Affairs of the World Food Program, said, “The new crown epidemic has a negative impact on government donations, which will weaken our ability to assist and support some of the world’s most vulnerable groups. The world’s most vulnerable Marginalized people live on the edge of hunger. We call on donors to lend a hand when refugees need more help.”
January 13, 2021, refugee children from Syria eat in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo by the United Nations World Food Program
The World Food Program said that funding is increasingly scarce, food prices are rising, the daily economy is shrinking due to the epidemic prevention blockade, and there are fewer opportunities to supplement food aid. At the same time, conflicts, disasters and economic shrinkage have worsened hunger, and more and more people are in urgent need of help worldwide.
A recent report by the World Food Program pointed out that the population on the brink of famine has increased dramatically. From 34 million people estimated at the beginning of this year to 41 million people estimated in June. It is vital that countries around the world take action to support the most vulnerable groups. (End)