1 picture. 13 bakeries. A whole lot of hope.

Displacement Emergency Response Syria
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Boys in Aleppo hold bread from a WFP-contracted bakery.

Today is the anniversary of the Syrian conflict. And recent news tells one tragic story—seven years of war, besieged communities like Eastern Ghouta decimated by airstrikes, children hiding in basements to survive.

But these photos—the story of how ZeroHunger Heroes like you are helping the World Food Programme (WFP) save and change lives—tell another.

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Bread is a staple food and a powerful cultural symbol in Syria. The country is located within a region where culinary culture has been rich for thousands of years. Along these areas known as the Fertile Crescent, history shows that Sultans during the reign of the Ottoman Empire would send their chefs to spy on chefs in Aleppo, the culinary capital of Syria.

“Cooking and eating are very important to Syrians,” says Dalia Mortada, the Syrian-American founder of Savoring Syria, a project dedicated to telling the stories of Syrians and Syria through the lens of food. “And the way that comes out is in recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. People spend hours every day preparing meals just because that’s what they do.”

When the war devastated Aleppo in late 2016, the community’s daily bread came under attack. Most bakeries inside eastern Aleppo were destroyed, pummeled by bombardments and airstrikes. The World Food Programme (WFP) sprang into action, providing bundles of bread to nearly 12,000 displaced people in addition to nutrition supplies for over 1,000 children.

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Almost all bakeries inside eastern Aleppo were destroyed due to constant bombardment and airstrikes.

Thanks to the ongoing support of ZeroHunger Heroes like you, there are now 13 WFP-contracted bakeries that provide bread for more than 300,000 people who have returned home to Aleppo to start again. WFP provides wheat flour to these bakeries to make the bread, helping families re-establish their connection with this fundamental part of life.

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One of 13-WFP contracted bakeries in Aleppo.

Many of these bakeries also employ Syrians who have lost their homes, a critical source of income they would otherwise not likely have.

“It’s a win-win for all,” said Jakob Kern, WFP’s Country Director in Syria.

We’re in it for the long haul. With you by our side, we’ll make sure food helps every human being reach their potential.

Thank you for being a ZeroHunger Hero!

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