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RAF signs deal with WFP to provide aid for Syrians


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The nine-month agreement aims at meeting food needs of about24,000  people in the besieged areas of Syria.

 Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) yesterday signed an agreement with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at RAF headquarters to provide emergency food aid to people affected by unstable situation in Syria.
RAF will also contribute to fighting hunger and strengthening food security, especially in the poorest places. The relief programme is to be implemented as part this agreement within the next nine months.
The agreement aims to meet the food needs of about 24,000 of the population affected by the civil war, especially children, and the programme will be implement in 18 besieged areas, including Madaya and other places which are difficult to access.
The deal was signed by Dr. Ayed Dabsan Al Qahtani, General Manager and Chairman, Board of Trustees, RAF; and Abdullah Al Wardat, Director, WFP in the GCC countries. It also includes distribution of ‘PlumpyDoz’ and ‘PlumpySUP’ supplementary food to prevent malnutrition among children.
Al Qahtani told a press conference that the partnership with WFP has been for many years and we wanted to increase its activities, especially in the besieged and conflict areas which need emergency humanitarian response.
He said RAF is working in 97 countries across the world, and it is necessary to coordinate with relevant international humanitarian institutions, including WFP.
“During a recent humanitarian summit in Istanbul, we announced recently the ‘Salwa’ initiative, which aims at offering food and achieving rapid humanitarian response,” he added.
Al Qahtani said the agreement is for nine months and will play a major role in building a strategic partnership in future.
Al Wardat said RAF and WFP have the same goal to provide humanitarian aid and fight hunger and such agreements will help provide aid to the Syrian in the besieged areas.
He said Qatar is known for its contribution to the humanitarian field directly or through humanitarian organisations.