The destruction also compromised the city’s infrastructure—there is no clean water, electricity or phone connectivity. Landmines and unexploded ordinances threaten the lives of people on a daily basis. Only some trade routes have been cleared, allowing for minimal goods to reach the city.
Before its liberation, WFP was able to reach rural areas north of Raqqa with food assistance by a newly opened land route, providing access to areas unreachable for years.
The access allowed WFP to expand its regular food deliveries to Raqqa, delivering food every month to nearly 200,000 people displaced in eight hard-to-reach locations inside Raqqa governorate, as well as other areas in nearby governorates.
“Land access is always the best option for WFP to reach Syrians in need of assistance …” Kern said. “We are now reaching more families and people returning to their homes who need our help with regular food deliveries.”
WFP is exploring the creation of a number of livelihood projects that will improve families’ self-reliance and rehabilitate parts of Raqqa. WFP will also continue to support families who remain displaced from Raqqa in nearby camps.
Across Syria, WFP delivers food assistance every month across all of Syria’s 14 governorates. In addition to its emergency operation, WFP is also scaling up support for long-term recovery by focusing on livelihoods, nutrition, and improving access to primary education for children in Syria by providing school meals.