(Jakarta, 23rd January 2019) For decades, conflicts in Yemen, Palestine, and Syria have caused a massive humanitarian crisis. Millions of people have fled these countries as refugees while those who are trapped – or chose to stay – in their home country struggle on a daily basis to survive from the armed war, political instability, and sharp economic downfall. With more than 20 million people, mostly women and children, threatened by the risk of poverty and starvation in the conflicted areas, World Food Program (WFP) stands as one of the key actors in providing help and ensuring the fulfillment of the basic needs for displaced and impoverished people.
Highlighting this very important role, Mr. Muhannad Hadi, the World Food Programme Regional Director of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, explained the process of distributing humanitarian assistance in Syria, Palestine, and Yemen during his visit to Bengkel Diplomasi FPCI on 23rd January 2019. In front of 120 participants, Mr. Hadi shared his personal experience of helping the local communities in the battlefields where he witnessed a mother desperately feeding her baby with the strained water from rice as if it were milk and a 16-year-old boy, armed with a gun preventing the WFP team from crossing the border.
To learn more about Mr. Muhannad view on the current conflicts in the Middle East and his explanation about the challenges WFP team faced during the aid distribution process, we provide a link to the Public Discussion Summary to be used for your perusal.