1.7 million Syrian refugees may go hungry as UN aid agency's funds run dry

A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, it said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, it said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, it said on Monday.

"Without WFP vouchers, many families will go hungry. For refugees already struggling to survive the harsh winter, the consequences of halting this assistance will be devastating,"said WFP, which needs US$64 million (S$80 million) to support the refugees for the rest of December.