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Take The Syria Hunger Quiz And Feed A Syrian Family For A Day
April 26, 2013
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With the war in Syria now into its third year, day to day life for civilians becomes more horrifying and desperate by the day.

More than 2.5 million people inside the country are in need of immediate food aid.

Things are so bad, the UN World Food Programme has started to bring in Plumpy'Doz , a food that fights malnutrition, as more and more children go hungry.

As this op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald states, "There's no end to the conflict in sight, thousands more are killed and forced from their homes every week, and a generation of children is experiencing horrors no child should ever know."

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Very few aid agencies have been allowed inside Syria, so millions of people in need of food, water and shelter are effectively cut off. WFP is urging the Assad regime and the rebels to allow food to pass safely into conflict zones.

Last week, the UN Security Council did the same saying food needs to be transported "through the most effective ways", including across borders. But the fighting just keeps escalating.

"It has become a struggle now to move food from one area to the other with our warehouses and trucks getting increasingly caught in the crossfire," said Muhannad Hadi, WFP's Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

"We are sometimes left with the difficult decision of calling off the dispatch of food to a place where we know there is dire need for it," he told examiner.com.

This week, WFP said an American ship arrived with wheat to help with a severe bread shortage.

"We are very grateful for this timely contribution from the United States which will allow us to supplement our food rations with wheat flour especially in the areas where families are struggling to get their hands on bread, a staple part of their diet," Hadi said.

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WFP, the largest food aid organization, relies on voluntary donations from governments and the public to feed the hungry. And it's not just people in Syria that need help. WFP is trying to feed nearly a million Syrian refugees in Jordan and other neighbouring countries.

To do all of that, WFP has to raise $19 million every week. Between now and June, it urgently needs $40 million to make up a shortfall.

Here's what you can do: just take the Syria hunger quiz below. By doing that, WFP will be able to provide food to a Syrian family for a day, and it won't cost you a thing.

As WFP's Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger, George hopes you'll share this to help WFP reach its goal. And if you think it won't make a difference, consider this.

A few weeks ago, WFP said school feeding has started for more than 10,500 Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq. The idea is to improve nutrition and school attendance at the same time.

WFP is already reporting a 20 per cent increase in school attendance in the Jordan camps since the program started.

"Many Syrian children have already gone through an incredible ordeal - losing family members, crossing borders and living as refugees in neighbouring countries - and they need to be back in school," Muhannad Hadi told examiner.com.

"We use school feeding across the world to provide vital nutrition to children and encourage them to stay in school. We don't want to see a lost generation of Syrian children who fail to reach their potential."

WFP plans to expand the program in Jordan to reach 30,000 children, and the one in Iraq to reach 6,000 kids.

You can find more information at the UN World Food Programme website.

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Last night, in the U.K., even the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster called for urgent humanitarian aid.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the war, with more than 5 million (one in four Syrians) forced from their homes - more than half of them children.

Last week, the UN Security Council said the violence was "completely unacceptable" and "must end immediately". And now, the U.S. is saying the Assad regime has used chemical weapons "on a small scale".

President Barack Obama has said the use of chemical weapons would be a "game changer" and would "cross a red line". But he's never been specific about what the consequences might be.

The Syrian government denies the allegations.

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