Warm Khobz To Satiate the Syrian IDPs' Hunger

Bread packages from the generous benefactors in Indonesia support the food security of the Syrian IDPs in Idlib. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed bread directly from ACT-supported bakeries to the IDPs in Idlib.

Children in Idlib receiving food aid from ACT distribution center. Children have been the victims of the food insecurity that afflicts the Syrian IDPs in Idlib (ACTNews)

ACTNews, IDLIB - The struggle of the IDP’s in Syria is not yet over. Some families have to fight against hunger. The lack of food intake makes children vulnerable to diseases.

Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Responses (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reported, in Idlib, families face the dilemma of whether to fulfill their needs for food or to pay for their children’s education. To overcome this problem, ACT once again distributed flatbread (khobz) packages to IDPs in Idlib.

"ACT once again delivered aid mandated by the generous Indonesian benefactors in the form of khobz packages in late October," said Firdaus. The Khobz distribution was carried out on Wednesday (10/30) and Thursday (10/31). As many as 8,000 people benefited from this food distribution.

"With this this food aid, parents no longer need to worry about food, and they can allocate their finances for their children’s education. At least, for the upcoming weeks, they will not need to spend money on food supplies," Firdaus added.

Children in Idlib receiving khobz packages assistance from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s aid distribution center. (ACTNews)

Furthermore, he explained, the target of the khobz distribution this time was families with children of school age. Firdaus hoped, with the food assistance, families in Idlib are no longer worried about their children's food, especially as the new school year is coming.

"Bread packages that were distributed to the children at schools were then brought home to be eaten with their families. As fellow human beings, we must continue to help these IDPs," continued Firdaus.

Syria's food security has been deteriorating since mid-2018. It has been eight years since the IDPs had to evacuate to safer places. The UN stated that around 6.5 million Syrians are estimated to be in need of food and livelihoods. At least 2.5 million people are at risk of food insecurity.

The large number of the unemployed and the rising basic necessities prices have made families in Syria opt to buy far cheaper food. They reduce their daily food consumption or send their children to work. []