Cash crisis forces World Food Program to cut aid for Syrian refugees
Syrian refugee Shamsa Um Khalid, 55, who fled her home in Hama, Syria, holds her grandchildren, Mohammed Ibrahim, 8 months, right, and Sidra Ibrahim, 2, left, inside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Darzanoun, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP/Bilal Hussein)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:14AM EDT
AMMAN, Jordan -- The World Food Program says it had to cut in half food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan.
Lebanon and Jordan are among five countries that host some 4 million Syrian war refugees. The U.N. refugee agency says funding levels for them have dropped dangerously low.
The WFP, which had to make cuts before because of a cash crisis, says that in July refugee food aid in Lebanon will drop to $13.50 per person per month. Those in Jordan escape cuts this month, but 440,000 urban refugees could be left empty-handed if funds don't arrive by August.
The program says it needs $139 million to keep helping Syrian refugees through September.