Muslim Aid in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) have signed an agreement to deliver food to Palestinian refugee families in Syria. The project will target 4,622 families over a period of 6 months.
Prior to the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Palestine refugees were already among the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Syria. 27% were estimated to be living below the poverty line of USD 2 per day, and over 12% were unable to meet basic food needs. Today UNRWA estimates that up to 440,000 out of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria are in need of critical assistance. The humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in Syria have increased significantly throughout 2013, particularly in relation to access to food. Many refugee families have been forced into a pattern of repeated displacements, as conflict lines move and previously safe areas are affected.
The food parcels will provide families with a third of their basic daily nutritional requirement of 2,100 calories and consists of rice, sugar, milk, oil, pulses, canned meat, halwa and pasta.