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Malnutrition Threatens Syrian Refugees; Aid Delivery Still Stalled

News outlets continue to report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, with a special focus on the threat of malnutrition among Syrian refugees.

Devex: U.K. aid to Syria ‘smart’ but still not enough — aid groups
“British aid to Syria is a ‘lifeline’ for operations on the ground and the U.K. Department for International Development should be commended for the generosity and ‘smart’ approach of its aid — but as needs continue to rise, finding ways to sustain and increase funding will only become more urgent…” (Patton, 2/26).

The Guardian: Scale of suffering at Syrian refugee camp is revealed by photo of huge queue for food
“…The U.N. relief agency [UNWRA] has distributed more than 7,000 food parcels in the Palestinian camp, home to about 160,000 people, since 18 January. The U.N. has reported infant malnutrition in the community, which has been reduced to eating animal feed. As of this week, all aid distributions have been suspended because of security concerns…” (2/26).

Reuters: Syrian refugees in Lebanon at risk of dying from malnutrition
“Hundreds of Syrian children who have fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape their country’s civil war are increasingly at risk of dying from malnutrition, international aid organizations said in a report on Tuesday…” (Kalin, 2/25).

Reuters: Syria aid still stalled after U.N. resolution
“World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies…” (Holmes, 2/25).

U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. officials urge political solution to crisis, greater efforts to ease civilian suffering
“As the conflict that has inflicted unimaginable suffering on the Syrian people prepares to enter its fourth year, United Nations officials [Tuesday] stressed the need for a political solution to end the crisis, as well as greater efforts to protect civilians and ensure they receive the assistance they desperately need…” (2/25).

UNICEF: Malnutrition a silent threat emerging among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
“…UNICEF recently led an inter-agency nutrition assessment on Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Malnutrition is becoming a threat, among this population. Preliminary results show that almost 2,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and need immediate treatment to survive. As malnutrition is linked to such factors as poor hygiene, unsafe drinking water, the cold season, lack of immunization, diseases and improper infant and young child feeding practices, the situation could deteriorate even further…” (Boustani, 2/25).

VOA News: U.N.: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon Face Death by Starvation
“International aid groups say that hundreds of Syrian children who have fled the war in their country are facing death by starvation at refugee camps in Lebanon…” (2/25).