UN Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees – Again
United Nations Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees
Citing a lack of funding, the United Nations’ World Food Programme said that it would have to suspend a voucher program that was helping to feed 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.
The cutback represents one of the most drastic cutbacks ever by an emergency relief provider in the nearly four-year-old Syrian crisis, increasing the danger many refugees face at the onset of winter.
The cutback in aid will affect refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey who receive voucher cards from the program.
It is not, however, the first time the UN has cut food aid due to insufficient funding.
In October, the UN said cut aid to 4.2 million Syrians inside the country who have been receiving food aid.
World Food Programme assistant executive director Elisabeth Rasmusson told AFP in an interview that the cutbacks were made “because of the funding shortfall,” adding that “we will provide food to everybody but its cut down to 60 percent of the normal (food) basket.”
Hong Kong Protest Leaders Call For An End
Three of the leaders of the pro-democracy Occupy Central With Love and Peace campaign said today that student faced increasing dangers from the worsening violence and that it was now time to go home, reports Reuters.
Two weeks ago, Chan Kn-man, a sociologist, published a newspaper commentary urging the protesters to retreat and focus their energies on community mobilization and education, which was also a view shared by many Hong Kong residents in public opinion surveys.
“Our young people have used their bodies to withstand the blows of police batons, their blood and broken bones have brought us the deepest sorrow,” said Benny Tai, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong who is the most prominent leader of Occupy Central, according to the New York Times.
Islamic Terrorists Execute Kenyan Workers
Members of the Kenyan Red Cross found as many as 40 bodies that were executed by Al-Shabaab militants. The terrorists executed workers in a quarry after separating non-Muslim workers from their Muslim counterparts, reports CNN.
Al-Shabaab, which was responsible for the 2013 attack on a Kenyan mall, said the attack was retaliation for mosque raids that Kenyan security forces carried out last month to weed out extremists.