The head of the United Nations emergency food relief agency today appealed for “regular, unimpeded and sustained” humanitarian access during a visit to Lebanon and Syria, his first official visit since assuming office.
David Beasley, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday wrapped up a three-day trip to assess the growing needs in the two countries.
In a press release, Beasley said he spoke first-hand with Syrian refugee families in the Bekaa Valley and Beirut, and met with displaced women and children at a WFP distribution center in Damascus.
“I am touched by the stories of the struggle and resilience of the many Syrians I met who are living away from home and loved ones,” Beasley said.
“The suffering of millions of Syrians will only be alleviated when a viable political solution to the conflict is reached, allowing families to return, to rebuild lives and re-establish their livelihoods.”
Beasley called on donor states to continue their support to alleviate the suffering of the refugees and the host countries, including Lebanon, whose economy has been burdened with the influx of Syrian refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)