That’s why the humanitarian agency is employing a different strategy to help families in need—cross-border deliveries.
WFP truck convoys are crossing the Jordanian border to deliver lifesaving food to about 200,000 people in distress—including canned foods that don’t need to be cooked—such as tuna, chicken and beans. WFP is also providing specialized nutritional products to prevent malnutrition in children under the age of two.
“WFP acted quickly to assist the thousands of people in the south who are in desperate need,” said Corinne Fleischer, WFP’s Country Director in Syria. “We’re ready to scale up and reach more vulnerable families through cross-border deliveries or from inside Syria if supply routes open.”
According to Mark Lowcock, the United Nations’ relief chief, nearly five million people are in need in areas that are more accessible via cross-border operations than from within Syria. More than 2.5 million of them are in areas solely reachable via cross-border operations.
If the violence continues, the number of displaced people could nearly double—making WFP’s ability to reach families in need all the more important.
“As long as people remain inaccessible from within Syria, which remains the case today, cross-border humanitarian deliveries continue to be the indispensable lifeline for those millions of Syrians dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive,” Lowcock said.