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U.S. ships more wheat to Syria

Staff writer |
A U.S. ship carrying wheat enough to help feed more than 3.5 million Syrians for one month has delivered its cargo to the port of Beirut as part of an emergency food assistance operation by the UN World Food Program (WFP).

This is the second ship to bring a U.S. wheat contribution to support WFP’s life-saving work in Syria in less than six months.

The MV Mathawee Naree which started its journey in Houston, Texas, U.S., arrived with approximately 22,000 tonnes of wheat. Some 7,000 tonnes was offloaded in Beirut, to be milled into flour in Lebanon and then transported to Syria by road. The ship then sailed to the port of Mersin in Turkey to offload the rest of the wheat, to be milled then transported onwards by sea to Syria for distribution by WFP to vulnerable families.

"The generous US contribution to WFP emergency’s operation for Syrians affected by the conflict comes at a critical time, as needs are increasing yet we are facing real challenges in raising money to keep up," said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s emergency coordinator for the Syria crisis.

WFP is providing wheat flour to bakeries that are still working in urban areas and they then provide bread for some of the most vulnerable families. In Aleppo and Idleb, where the bakeries project has been piloted, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) is distributing bread produced with WFP wheat flour in selected bakeries to displaced families and other needy people.

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