Less food for Palestine – level 3

11-05-2023 07:00

The World Food Programme (WFP) will suspend food aid to over 200,000 Palestinians from next month due to a severe shortage of funds, according to the group’s senior official for the Palestinian territories.

Samer Abdeljaber said the WFP would be forced to make painful choices to stretch the limited resources. The most affected families are in Gaza, where poverty and food insecurity are highest, and in the West Bank. The UN agency offers impoverished Palestinians monthly vouchers worth 10.30 dollars per person and food baskets, both of which will be impacted by the suspension of aid.

Gaza, which has been run by the Islamist Hamas group since 2007, is home to 2.3 million people, of which 45% are unemployed and 80% depend on international aid, according to Palestinian and UN records. Unless funding is received, the WFP will be forced to suspend food and cash assistance entirely by August.

Difficult words: food insecurity (the condition of not having access to enough food), impoverished (made poor), suspension (interruption).

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