Syrian refugees face third year of war in hungry exile
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:29
Mar 15 - Two years of conflict has displaced millions Syrians inside and outside the country; the World Food Programme says they're facing severe challenges. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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"Until I die, I will never forget what it's like to be a refugee," sings a Syrian man in a video released by the United Nations World Food Programme.
As the Syrian uprising reaches its two-year mark, the WFP and other agencies are struggling to house, feed and care for an estimated one million Syrian refugees who have spilled out from the conflict into neighbouring countries.
Here in northern Iraq, rows of tents house some 30,000 Syrians.
Camp residents are given food vouchers worth 31 US dollars per person per month.
Miriam is a refugee who uses the vouchers to shop for food.
She, her husband and their six children fled Syria six months ago.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) REFUGEE FROM RURAL QAMISHLY, MARIAM, SAYING:
"Now, I feel the same way Iraqi refugees must have felt when they fled and lost family members in the war. They came to us as refugees. Now I feel like they did."
Another WFP video shows a monthly food distribution trip to a rebel-held area of Syria in January.
The programme says some 1.7 million people inside Syria received food boxes last month.
The UN agency aims to increase its food assistance to reach the estimated 2.5 million Syrians displaced internally.
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