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Getting Aid to Syria

Content by: South-South News

8 August 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — The World Food Program (WFP) conducted a unique operation last week to deliver aid to Syrians displaced by the conflict on the Syrian-Jordanian border. Aid supplies, including food, bread, and hygiene kits, were hoisted using 70-meter high cranes to the Syrian side of the desert. More than 75,000 people seeking to escape the conflict in Syria are living in the area between the two countries known as the “berm.”

Shada Moghraby, the Spokesperson for the WFP said, “The World Food Program was able to successfully deliver life-saving food to over 75,000 Syrians stranded in the Hadalat and Rukban areas that lay on Jordan’s north-eastern border in to Syria. We were able to also deliver hygiene kits provided by UNICEF and bread from the IOM (International Organization for Migration).”

Jordan sealed the area following an attack in June on Jordanian military personnel. Before the border closure, UN agencies and aid organizations regularly delivered supplies from the Jordanian side to people stranded in no man’s land. The 650 metric tons of aid was delivered to two locations over three days.

Mageed Yahia, Jordan Country Director for the WFP said, “This is the first time that we use the cranes, and this was the only way that we could do the distribution given that there is no access. We could not cross to the other side nor can the population cross to this side, so we came up with this idea that we could drop the food in there and then monitor the distribution from the Jordanian side.”

Yahia added that the majority were women, children, and elderly people who have no access to food or medicine. He said they are living in tents and enduring temperatures of more than 50 degrees Celsius.

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